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Aims to develop students as professional freshwater ecologists. Students will advance their knowledge of current issues and approaches in freshwater ecology, particularly the concepts that underpin understanding of freshwater ecosystems and the application of research to management and conservation issues in New Zealand. Has a focus on the skills needed by professionals working in freshwater-related areas of research, consultancy and management.
Recommended preparatory course(s): BIOL375
As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:Acquire an in-depth appreciation of important concepts in freshwater ecology (assessment: online posts, Trends paper and final test; GP1, GP5)Evaluate the processes that control the structure and functioning of freshwater ecosystems at a variety of scales ranging from individuals to ecosystems and landscapes, and including the role(s) of abiotic factors and processes (assessment: online posts and final test; GP1, GP5)Apply ecological knowledge to solve problems in freshwater ecosystems (assessment: online posts and final exam; GP1, GP2, GP3, GP4)Synthesize scientific literature to provide appropriate background, context and interpretation for issues in freshwater ecosystems (assessment: online posts, trends paper and final test; GP1, GP5)Critique and develop research and biomonitoring methodologies used by freshwater ecologists (assessment: field trip long report; GP1, GP2)Be a professional freshwater ecologist including knowledge of the roles of scientists, consultants, managers, and stakeholders groups (GP2, GP4).Transferable Skills RegisterAs a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:Synthesis & interpretation of information. Research findings will be discussed in all sessions, and implementing this skill will be important in all course assessment. GP1, GP5.Formation of hypotheses & explanations. Developing explanations for patterns and observations is important to developing an understanding of concepts. We will encourage this through discussions online and in seminars and feedback online posts. GP1A broad understanding and appreciation of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand as it applies to freshwater species as taonga and mahinga kai. GP3.Develop a high level of communication skills appropriate for a number of audiences. Through online posts, seminar discussions and the writing of a modern synthesis article with an emphasis on informative graphics you will learn to communicate to a variety of audience. GP2.2 of 6GP1, GP2, etc, refer to Graduate Profile attributes: (1) Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their degree; (2) employable, innovative and enterprising; (3) biculturally competent and confident; (4) engaged with the community; and (5) globally aware.
Subject to approval of the Head of School.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Online forum contributions – to gain the 4% for a seminar you need to make insightful online postings on Learn as part of the preparation for the seminar, you need to attend the seminar and participate in discussion, and you need to contribute to online summary postings after the seminar. See information below for what we are looking for.Trends/Frontiers article –production of an article in the style of either Trends in Ecology and Evolution or Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on a freshwater ecology topic. These publications contain short reviews of current research that through synthesis and interpretation coupled with colour graphics, identify important concepts, applications and insights originating from recent research.Final Test – essay questions covering material discussed during seminars. The date of the final exam will be announced by the 4th year Co-ordinator later in the year.
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Domestic fee $1,145.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Biological Sciences