Core Module Information
Module title: Freshwater Biology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV09102
Module leader: Robert Briers
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

You will be introduced to the diversity and biology of major groups of freshwater organisms. You will study the adaptations of freshwater organisms to the physico-chemical characteristics of their environment, examine energy flow, nutrient cycles and food webs and the feeding biology of freshwater animals. From a more applied angle, you will also study freshwater ecotoxicology, biomonitoring and environmental quality assessment in relation to legislative requirements. You will perform practical work to undertake short-term toxicity tests and analyse and interpret data from both short- and long-term ecotoxicological studies.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Evaluate the adaptations of freshwater organisms to lake and river environments.

LO2: Compare the roles of physical and biotic factors in structuring freshwater communities in different environments.

LO3: Illustrate the flow of energy and cycles of nutrients through freshwater ecosystems.

LO4: Critically assess the toxicological impact of an individual and multiple pollutants on aquatic species.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Robert Briers
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 09
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 50 1,4 8 , WORDS= 1500
Essay 50 1,2,3,4 13 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV09102 Freshwater Biology