Course syllabus

Hydrologi och akvatisk ekologi
Hydrology and Aquatic Ecology

VVRA01, 15 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED W
Date of Decision: 2017-04-03

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: W1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The objective of the course is to display connection between hydrological and ecological processes as influenced by humans. The students should after the course have a basic knowledge in solving water environmental problems using hydrology and aquatic ecology. The students should also have an insight in to the relationships between biological and physical processes in water-based ecosystems. Special emphasis is given to ability to work and communicate in groups and a critical viewpoint.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Some of the main topics are: water resources, the hydrological cycle and processes, lakes and running water, ecological concepts, nutrient cycles, human impact. The course contents strives to give a holistic view on the water environment: water resources and water circulation (hydrological processes: precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, soil and groundwater and runoff) and also the circulation of nutrients, food webs, water chemistry, species knowledge (ecological relationship between organisms and the aquatic environment). Fundamentally, the course (period 1 and 2) is divided in to three blocks; 1) Physical/chemical mechanisms, 2) Organisms, and 3) Restoration. Block 1) och 2) are treated mainly during period 1 and block 3) during period 2

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Each sub course (1 and 2) is examined and graded individually. Sub course 1 is graded by the compulsory written exam at the end of period 1. Sub course 2 is graded partly by the project work and partly by a written test. The weighted total grade (3, 4, or 5) is based on examination, project work and the continuous examination. To pass the course, passed examination, passed written and oral presentations from excursions, passed project work and written test are required.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Part 1.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination and oral and written presentation of field work. Contents: Water circulation, human influence, and ecology. Further information: Examination at the end of period 1.
Code: 0217. Name: Part 2.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written and oral presentation of project work. Contents: See central information Further information: Oral and written presentation of project work at the end of period 2.


Required prior knowledge: Knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology corresponding to college level.
The number of participants is limited to: No
Selection: See general information on LTH home page.
The course overlaps following course/s: VVR111

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Lars-Anders Hansson/Limnologi,
Course coordinator: Linus Zhang,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is a cooperation between the Department of Water Resources Engineering and the Department of Ecology.