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755321A Aquatic ecology field course, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 755321A  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Aquatic ecology field course  Abbreviation Aquatic ecology 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3272 Ecology 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Biology 

Jussi Jyväsjärvi 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 133 hours of work.

Language of instruction 

Finnish / English.


B.Sc. 1st summer. ECOGEN 1st summer.

Learning outcomes 

To learn basic methods in biological freshwater sampling and to identify the most common freshwater taxa.


Basics of freshwater ecology. Demonstrations of the most frequently-used biological sampling methods. Identification of the most common freshwater fishes, invertebrates and zooplankton.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching and independent studying.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Summer: 50 h of field work and demonstrations at the Oulanka research station, 83 h of independent studying including a reading package.

Target group 

Compulsory (5 cr) to ECO. TEAeco: either Aquatic ecology field course 5 cr (755321A) or Terrestrial animals field course 5 cr (755322A) is compulsory for biology major, the other field course can be included to the ecology minor. TEAbs, alternatively compulsory to TEAbs either Aquatic ecology field course 5 cr or Terrestrial animals field course 5 cr. TEA: at least 10 cr compulsory, two field courses, one animal and other Plant ecology field course (756343A).

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Identification of animals, vertebrates 4 cr (755334A) and Identification of animals, invertebrates 4 cr (755335A) or equivalent knowledge. (if necessary, selection to the course 755321A can be based on success in courses 755334A and 755335A).

Recommended optional programme components 

This course is a prerequisite for the following: Winter ecology (750377A), Special course in aquatic invertebrates (754627S), Assessment and monitoring of the ecological status of water bodies (754625S), Field methods in freshwater biomonitoring (754626S).

Recommended or required reading 

Reading package, handouts and lectures given before / during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria 

On the final course day species identification exam on the species met during the course, practical exam on the sampling methods and
theoretical exam based on the literature and demonstration material.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.



Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail.

Person responsible 

Prof. Timo Muotka.

Working life cooperation 


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Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Aquatic ecology field course  Course  Muotka, Timo Tapani  25.04.22 -08.06.22

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