WETS1046 Aquatic ecosystems (4 cr)

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


The course provides a comprehensive overview about aquatic ecosystems and their drivers, types of ecosystems and contemporary challenges related to environmental changes and ecosystem-based fisheries management, as well as structure and dynamics of food webs.  

Learning outcomes

After completing this course the student will

  • Understand the key components and drivers of aquatic ecosystems

  • Know basics of modelling aquatic ecosystem dynamics: their structure and functioning

  • Learn about arctic, deep water, coral reef and river systems

  • Get experience in running models to visualize and simulate the ecosystem dynamics

  • Be able to calculate key metrics of aquatic food webs

  • Learn to read scientific literature and synthesize it through essay writing

Description of prerequisites

  • Fisheries stock assessment is beneficial.

  • Basics of R

  • Basics of limnology and ecology 

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
The essay and the seminar (60%), activity in classes and in the seminar (20%), learning diary (20%).
Time of teaching:
Period 3, Period 4
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (4 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Participation at lectures, essay writing and seminar presentation, learning diary on given literature.