BB825: Environmental quality and assessment of pollution in streams

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N110029112, N110029102
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: Pass/Fail
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Spring
Level: Master's level course approved as PhD course

STADS ID (UVA): N110029101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 06-10-2020


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Comment

Please note that the course includes a stay at the field station Svanninge Bjerge in week 17. A small fee will be charged, by a web pay link, that will cover the cost of meals during the field course.

Entry requirements

None

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to:
  • Have knowledge of aquatic ecology e.g. as gained in the courses BB547 and BB548.

Course introduction

Students will learn about stream maintenance and reestablishment of
disturbed streams, stream ecology and pollution, and hydrology and
hydrometrics. The aim of the course is primarely to enable the student
to assess the quality of a stream from fauna samples, flora, and
physical diversity according to Danish standards. 
The course builds on the knowledge acquired in the courses Ecology, BB510 or similar. 

In relation to the competence profile of this study program, the course has an explicit focus on:
  • The course provides the students with expert knowledge in stream ecology through readings of classic international papers.
  • The students learn to master the scientific theories in stream ecology and the foundation for the methods in stream ecology research.
  • The students learn to master the methods used in practical work as stream biologist.
  • The students train to plan and conduct scientific studies in the field.
  • The students train writing of scientific reports and oral presentation based on their own results.
  • The students strengthen their skills in teamwork.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objective of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • Use biological and physical indeces
  • Enterpretate and evaluate results from the most used fauna indeces
  • Set up realistic targets for stream quality in relation to soil type and land-use in the watershed
  • Conduct hydrometric measurements and calculations

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • Introduction to legislation related to stream management
  • Hydrology and hydrometry
  • Physical elements and indeces in streams
  • Stream ecology
  • Stream pollution
  • Stream restoration
  • Biological assessment of stream quality

Literature

See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Prerequisites for participating in the exam element a)

Timing

Spring

Tests

Compulsory participation in 5-days excursion

EKA

N110029112

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Student Identification Card

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course 

ECTS value

0

Additional information

The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a)

Exam element a)

Timing

Spring

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Examination part Prerequisites for participating in the exam element a) N110029101, BB825: Environmental quality and assessment of pollution in streams

Tests

Combined evaluation of report and oral presentation with following questioning

EKA

N110029102

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Student Identification Card

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Allowed aids are reports and notes.

ECTS value

5

Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

52 hours per semester

Teaching Method

On the Faculty of Science, the teaching is organized according to the three-phase model, ie. intro, the training and study phase.

The teaching activities result in an estimated indicative distribution of the work effort of an average student in the following way:

  • Intro phase (lecture, class lectures) Number of hours: 8
  • Training phase: 44 hours, of which: Tutorial: 4 hours and Laboratory exercises: 40 hours


Educational form: 8-9 hours lectures with demonstration of methods is followed by a 5-days field trip to the fiels station Svanninge Bjerge. Report work is being supervised both during the field trip and at the following 4 hours class.

Educational activities : The study phase is used for reading the syllabus that is not presented in the intro phase and for writing the report from the field course.

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Erik Tveskov tveskov@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut

Timetable

Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

Team at Registration & Legality

NAT

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