ECO5340EN - Issues & Methods in Aquatic Ecosystems

Course description

Through presentations, class discussions, and reading assignments, students review concepts, principles, and differences in aquatic ecosystems. Students examine practical skills in techniques and analytical tools used in water ecosystem characterization and focus on technologies and protocols standardization to overcome present and future challenges.

How this course benefits students

Students acquire knowledge in concepts and principles of different aquatic ecosystems, practical skills in techniques, and analytical tools to describe and understand them. The course prepares students to understand and explain the challenges in aquatic ecosystem characterization.

Why this course is important

Aquatic ecosystems perform crucial environmental functions as a habitat for many species, are the source of water for human activities and consumption. Its quality is in constant change due to human activities and external factors. Regular monitoring and evaluation of aquatic ecosystems rely on their characterization for the safety of humanity and the environment.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Ecology Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Luisa Cifuentes Aguilar, Instructor in Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Changes in water ecosystems represent risks for humanity and the environment. God has given wisdom to humans to evaluate and restore water sources through characterization. God can restore water sources or give wisdom to humans as described in Elisha 2:19-20.

Missionally driven

Students bring hope as they overcome the challenges of water characterization to explain to a community about the condition of an aquatic ecosystem and propose solutions to restore any damage based on the knowledge they have acquired in the course.

Contextually informed

An increase in human, agricultural and industrial activities have generated changes in nutrient cycles and characteristics that result in water ecosystem changes affecting environmental services and goods, like water purification, biodiversity habitat, and flow regulators. There is a constant need for methodologies standardization and development of new technologies to overcome the challenges in aquatic ecosystems characterization.

Interculturally focused

Challenges on aquatic ecosystem characterization are an intercultural activity required wherever humanity benefits from a water ecosystem. The course exposes students to different cultural scenarios.

Practically minded

With the aid of visual aids and practical assignments, this course give students the necessary tools and knowledge to understand and describe challenges on aquatic ecosystems characterization.

Experientially transformed

Students gain experience by putting their knowledge and skills into practics acquired through analytical reading and class discussions.