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Riverine Landscapes: Hydrology & Ecology (GEOG30022)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeGEOG30022
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Semester 1
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This subject examines principles in the two disciplines of hydrology and ecology, emphasising the application of both to understand how to solve environmental management problems in river ecosystems. The subject examines water in terms of quantity and quality; and the physical channel and floodplain systems in which it is conveyed and stored, along with transported materials such as sediments and organic matter. The subject also examines population, community and ecosystem dynamics of riverine organisms and their geographical distributions and diversities. Through practicals and fieldwork, students should develop skills in acquiring, analysing and presenting hydrological and ecological data, and in the identification and proper field sampling of stream biota. Students should become aware of the multidisciplinary nature of environmental management and the need for critical examination of ideas in the literature.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will have achieved the following objectives:

  • Understand the principles of hydrology and ecology as they relate to river ecosystems
  • Acquire, analyse and present data relating to catchment characteristics, water quality and quantity, and the biota of river ecosystems
  • Understand the processes that determine water quality and quantity and the ecological status of rivers
  • Apply basic laboratory, computer and field methods for hydrology and ecology

Generic skills

  • Thinking critically and analytically
  • Testing theories with evidence
  • Designing and implementing field projects that meaningfully test hypotheses
  • Writing well constructed field reports and journal articles
  • Interpreting data, informed by the relevant literature
  • Collaborating in group field and research activities

Last updated: 12 July 2019