BENP1002 Water and water systems (5 cr)

Study level:
Basic studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024

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The basics of aquatic environments (lakes and oceans) as habitats, of aquatic food webs, of water use and of assessment of ecological status


Limnology, water optics, hydrological cycle, water chemistry, organisms and their adaptations to life in water, biodiversity, biological interactions, fishing and fisheries science, aquaculture, aquatic parasites, environmental threats in fresh waters and the Baltic Sea, developmental history of Finnish lakes and the Baltic Sea, water quality and ecological status, urban hydrology, oceanography.

Learning outcomes

Student understands basic concepts of limnology and oceanography, water chemistry and physical water properties, structure of aquatic food webs, principles of waters as an economical resource and topical environmental problems.


  • Myrberg & Leppäranta 2014: Meret, maapallon siniset kasvot<br />Brönmark & Hansson 2010: The Biology of lakes and ponds (oheislukemisto)

Completion methods

These completion methods are for University of Jyväskylä degree students. Other options:

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Exercises and exam.
Time of teaching:
Period 2
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Evaluation criteria:
Exercises and exam.
Study methods:

Lectures, web based exercises, compulsory literature (Myrberg & Leppäranta 2014: Meret, maapallon siniset kasvot), side literature (Brönmark & Hansson 2010: The Biology of lakes and ponds) and exam