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Aquatic biogeochemistry, 7.5 Credits

The course is discontinued from 2021-06-21

Swedish name: Akvatisk biogeokemi

This syllabus is valid: 2017-09-18 and until further notice

Course code: 5GV077

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Earth Science/Physical Geography: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2021-06-21


The course includes:
Section 1. Project 4 credits: A project where students plan and carry out a scientific study to test a biogeochemical question at issue.
Section 2. Theory 3.5 credits. Enhanced theory blocks focusing on acidification and turnover of metals and environmental toxins in aquatic ecosystems.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, for the grade Pass (G) the student should be able to:
Project 4 credits
1. Plan and carry out a scientific project, compile the data obtained, critically analyze and evaluate the results and report the project both orally and in writing..

Advanced Theory, 3.5 credits
2. Explain mechanistic and describe the impact of acidification and turnover of metals and environmental toxins in aquatic ecosystems.
3. Describe the theory for acidification and turnover of metals and environmental toxins in aquatic ecosystems

After completing the course, for the grade Pass with Distinction (VG) the student should be able to:

1predikt the consequences of acidification and turnover of heavy metals and environmental toxins in aquatic systems

Required Knowledge

180 ECTS credits including Aquatic ecosystems 5BI180, 7,5 ECTS. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures, projects and seminars. The project and seminars as well as presentations are mandatory.

Examination modes

Examination takes place through oral and written presentation of a project and a written exam. The ratings given to the project are Fail (U) or Pass (G). The rating given on the written exam and the whole course is Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG). Anyone who pass the tests can not retake them to obtain higher grades. To pass the entire course all tests and compulsory parts are approved. The grade of the the course is based on all examinations and is set only after all mandatory elements are approved. A student who has failed two tests for a course or a part of a course, are entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are specific reasons against it (HF 6 chap. 22§). Requests for new examiners are made to the head of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science.

Students have the right to have their previous education or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in the profession tested whether it can be credited for the corresponding course at Umeå University. Application for credit is submitted to the Student Centre / Examinations. For more information on credit transfer available on Umeå University's student web,, and the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6). A refusal of accreditation may be appealed against (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 12) to the University Appeals Board. This applies to the whole as well as part of the application if accreditation is refused.


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