BIO401 River and Floodplain Ecology (8)

In this subject students gain in-depth knowledge about rivers, how they function, and the types of animals and plants that inhabit them. In doing so, it is assumed students already have some knowledge of analysing environmental data and animal identification. This subject builds on that knowledge to teach you about the diversity of freshwater habitats and the ecological models relevant to the management of freshwater ecosystems. At a residential school students will gain experience in field sampling techniques (flora and fauna), the identification of organisms, and the statistical analysis of ecological data. Students complete this subject with an in-depth understanding of the organisms and communities in aquatic environments and the effect people can have on inland aquatic ecosystems.

Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 1 (30)
Online *
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Environmental Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

This subject is only available to students enrolled in Postgraduate study.
This subject is not available to students who have completed either BIO310 or BIO323.

Assumed Knowledge

BIO2%%

Subject Relationships
BIO323 Paired Subject
Incompatable Subjects
BIO310 BIO323
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a broad understanding of the hydrological cycle and properties of water
  • have a broad and coherent understanding of the physical, chemical and ecological processes that occur in inland water bodies
  • have in-depth knowledge about the ecological models used to explain river and floodplain function
  • have the ability use a variety of specialised techniques to sample aquatic organisms and to assess aquatic ecosystems
  • have specialised skills identification of organisms and communities in aquatic environments
  • be able to review, consolidate, and synthesise their knowledge about river and floodplain ecology in order to critically discuss the impacts of humans and the threatening processes affecting Australian inland waters
Syllabus
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The hydrological cycle and properties of water
  • Physical and chemical processes in freshwater environments
  • Freshwater habitats and biota
  • Energy sources and primary production in freshwater ecosystems
  • Aquatic food webs and trophic linkages
  • Freshwater ecosystem models and concepts
  • Sampling and assessment of freshwater ecosystems
  • Human impacts and threatening processes
Residential School
This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

At a residential school students gain experience in field sampling techniques (flora and fauna), the identification of organisms, and the statistical analysis of ecological data. Such skills are a critical part of an in-depth understanding of the organisms and communities in aquatic environments.

Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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