Syllabus for Aquatic Ecosystems

Akvatiska ekosystem


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG506
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1N, Earth Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-09-20
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including (1) 60 credits in biology and 30 credits in chemistry or 30 credits in earth science, or (2) 90 credits in biology, in both cases, including a second course of 15 credits in ecology or limnology.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The course intends to convey advanced knowledge on ecosystems, with focus on aquatic environments. Students are prepared for professional work and research within areas which require a solid understanding of the interactions between organisms, their abiotic environment, and human perturbations. After the course, the students will be able to

  • apply knowledge on aquatic ecosystems and environmental issues based on current research in a future profession inside or outside academia
  • independently and in groups, plan and carry out field studies and laboratory experiments as well as compile, critically analyse and evaluate results
  • critically evaluate and present various types of results and compilations of knowledge, both orally and in written form
  • communicate theories, complex problems and research results
  • identify and in a structured way discuss aspects related to research ethics.


The course is given in close collaboration to the ongoing research activities and includes

  • ecosystem processes and their linkages to biogeochemical cycles and global environmental change
  • biodiversity and its regulation and connection to ecosystem function and ecosystem services
  • the structure, function, dynamics and role of food webs in aquatic ecosystems
  • scientific methodology, including experimental design and research ethics

The course is focused on ecosystems in inland waters and coastal regions. Emphasis is on the scientific method including theoretical models and reasoning, as well as methods for the study of ecosystem processes.


The teaching is given in the form of lectures, seminars, computer exercises and field work as well as laboratory sessions. A large part of the course consists of an experimental project performed in groups. The data obtained from field studies and experiments are processed and presented in written as well as oral form.


Modules: Theory 9 credits, Project 6 credits.

The module theory is examined through a written exam (6 credits) and participation in seminars and exercises (3 credits). The project requires participation in seminars, laboratory work, field studies, exercises and written reports and oral presentations.

Other directives

Cannot be included in the degree together with Limnology II, 15 credits.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2020

  • Likens, Gene E. Encyclopedia of Inland Waters

    Amsterdam: Elsevier/Academic Press, Press,c 2009

    Find in the library