Aquatic Geography


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To give the student knowledge and understanding about aquatic environment related problems, with focus on applying remote sensing techniques and environmental data for monitoring and characterisation of freshwater, marine and costal processes and conditions. It is noted that the semester unit may include substantial elements of cultural geography including demographic and market analyses, if these elements are relevant for, and connected to, the below described physical geography elements.

Learning objectives


  • Understand the physical, chemical and biological processes in aquatic environments.


  • To select relevant theories and literature.
  • Identify the hydrological, chemical and biological processes that are central for the analysis and evaluation in the aquatic environment.
  • Evaluate methods for the analysis of changing impacts on aquatic environments.
  • To use GIS and/or relevant numerical models for analysis on both local and larger scale aquatic problems  


  • To be able to conduct experimental, empirical and/or theoretical investigations which are necessary for the solution of one or more identified problems.
  • Critically evaluate the data and theories used.
  • Must be able to communicate the results of the project work in a project report
  • Must be able to contribute successfully to teamwork within the problem area and make a common presentation of the result of the project work


  • Must be able to assess problemsolving
  • Must be able to assess teamwork/team composition
  • Must be able to understand and explain what process analysis is
  • Must be able to assess impact assessment 

Type of instruction

Project work with supervision supplemented with instruction, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests, etc.

Extent and expected workload

The projectmodule is 15 ECTS which is corresponding to 450 hours of study.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam.


Name of examAquatic Geography
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Oral exam based on presentation seminar and project report.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAkvatisk geografi
Module codeB-GEO-K2-1A
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Geography
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science