Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • describe key components of freshwater ecosystems
  • describe relevant theory for physical, chemical and biological processes in freshwater ecosystems
  • describe the dominant anthropogenic types of pollution affecting freshwater ecosystems
  • differentiate between major types of streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes
  • explain lake and river ecosystem dependence on light, temperature, nutrients and organic matter
  • describe primary production, vegetation, plankton, respiration and re-oxidation in freshwater ecosystems
  • describe important organic and inorganic pollutants and pollution effects in freshwater ecosystems
  • describe effects of global change on freshwater ecosystems
  • account for running waters, wetlands and lake restoration methods


  • evaluate ecology quality of freshwater systems using biological indicesĀ 
  • determine the significance of hydraulic conditions on chemical and biological dynamics in lakes and rivers
  • analyze oxygen dynamics in freshwater environments
  • analyze impacts of pollution on biotic communities


  • evaluate the quality of freshwater ecosystems in relation to nutrient dynamics and organic matter cycling
  • evaluate how to prevent and alleviate anthropogenic perturbations in freshwater ecosystems

Type of instruction

  • Lectures

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examLimnologi
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Der henvises til eksamensplanen.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleLimnologi
Module codeK-BIO-B6-16A
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science