Full Title:Aquatic Sciences
Module Code:ENVR S8016_OLD
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2016/17 ( February 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough introduction to some key concepts of aquatic ecology and management including freshwater and marine systems and fisheries management and conservation. In addition, a thorough grounding in fundamental ichthyology with an emphasis on aspects of fish anatomy, biology and form and function will ensure the student has a critical understanding of how aquatic populations interact with the environment in which they live.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Examine the importance of appropriate management techniques in fisheries ecology and conservation.
  2. Examine the fundamentals of ichthyology with an emphasis on fish taxonomy, anatomy, biology and form and function.
  3. Complete an appropriate environmental assessment of an aquatic habitat or population, including the analysis, presentation and interpretation of results.
  4. Evaluate the fundamental principles of lake and marine ecosystems
  5. Evaluate the biological importance of aquatic plants for effective ecosystem functioning
  6. Assess the interconnectivity of rivers, lakes and marine systems and appraise integrated ecosystem management

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Freshwater Ecology
Physical, chemical and biological characteristics of lakes; zonation, stratification and mixing; trophic status; aquatic biota, including fish, macroinvertebrates, phycology such as freshwater and marine phytoplankton and macrophytes; effects and causes of pollution; integrated catchment management; sampling and analytic techniques; legislation
Marine Ecology
Primary production processes; marine systems including estuarine, rocky shore and pelagic ecosystems; marine pollution issues; current legislation including Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Fundamentals of Icthyology
Fish diversity and anatomy; adaptations, external and internal and anatomy, jaw structure, scale and fin morphology and evolution. Basic sensory systems. Forces and movements involved in fish swimming. Fish life histories; reproduction, feeding and growth and aging processes that define the course of a fish’s life. Physiology; respiratory, blood, circulatory, osmoregulatory and thermal biology systems.
Fisheries Management and Conservation
Fisheries management and conservation; habitat improvement, climate change, quotas, by-product and by-catch. National and EU legislation and governance and management (e.g. Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Marine Institute, Inland Fisheries, Fish producers' organisations, etc.). Aquaculture; production and control of waste, disease control, effects on wild fish stocks.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical skills will be evaluated each week in the laboratory 1,2,4,5 25.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Project Students will carry out a survey of an aquatic habitat or population. A report will be produced outlining results. 3,4,5,6 15.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
Presentation Students will present on their findings of their project to the class 3,4,5,6 10.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,4,5,6 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Wetzel, R. 2001, Limnology, 3rd Ed Ed., Academic Press London [ISBN: 978-0-12-7447]
  • Kaiser, M 2011, Marine ecology : processes, systems, and impacts, 2nd ed Ed., Oxford University Press New York [ISBN: 9780199227020]
  • King, M. 2007, Fisheries Biology, Assessment and Management, 2nd Ed. Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 978-1-4051-58]
  • Helfman, G., Collette, B.B., Facey, Gene Helfman, Bruce B. Collette, Facey, D.E. and Bowen, B.W. 2010, The Diversity of Fishes: Biology, Evolution, and Ecology, 2nd Ed. Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 978-1-4051-24]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mason, C. 2002, Biology of freshwater pollution, 4th Ed. Ed., Prentice Hall New York [ISBN: 0130906395]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SENVI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Bioscience 5 Mandatory
659 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Bioscience 5 Mandatory