42505 - Freshwater Restoration Ecology Modulübersicht

Module Number: 42505
Module Title:Freshwater Restoration Ecology
  Ökologie der Gewässerrenaturierung
Department: Faculty 2 - Environment and Natural Sciences
Responsible Staff Member:
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Martin-Creuzburg, Dominik
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:1 semester
Frequency of Offer: Every summer semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:Students know the basic principles and main methods of freshwater restoration and are able to assess the potential, but also the limitations, of restoration measures to mitigate or reverse human impacts. Students will be familiar with current methods and guidelines for evaluating surface water quality and restoration, as well as eco-engineering approaches to water management. Students will know cases of best-practice restoration and management.
Contents:Anthropogenic impact and current state of lakes, streams and rivers, quality assessment. Ecosystem services as target of management and restoration, strategies and planning of freshwater restoration, stream system rehabilitation and its limits, measures for in-stream habitat and floodplain enhancement, rehabilitation measures in the catchment, costs and benefits of restoration projects. General concepts and guidelines of lake rehabilitation, restoration, remediation, technical and biological measures, modern lake management. Case studies of restoration and best management practice will be presented and discussed.
Recommended Prerequisites:
Mandatory Prerequisites:Successful participation at module:
  • 13298 Basics for Freshwater Management
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Lecture / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Seminar / 30 Hours
  • Excursion / 10 Hours
  • Self organised studies / 110 Hours
Teaching Materials and Literature:Materials supplied via Moodle: Lecture notes,  learning videos,  literature for additional reading, key scientific articles and book chapters.


Module Examination:Continuous Assessment (MCA)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:Written examination (80 minutes) at the end of the semester covering the main topics of the lectures and the seminar talks.
In the seminar students will present an individual topic (20 min presentation and 20 min discussion) and deliver a handout (1 page).
The exam result will be 50%, the presentation 40% and the handout 10% of the final points.
Handing in a protocol of excursion to the river Spree will gain extra points (5% of the total). 

Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Architektur / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Environmental and Resource Management / keine PO
  • Master (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2011 - 2. SÄ 2017
  • Master (research-oriented) - Double Degree / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2021
  • Master (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2021
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management / keine PO
Remarks:There will be an excursion by bicycles to restoration sites at River Spree near Cottbus. Pressures and restoration/rehabilitation measures will be demonstrated.
Module Components:In summer semester:
  • 240513 Lecture Freshwater restoration ecology 
  • 240517 Examination Freshwater restoration ecology
In winter semester:
  • 240560 Examination Freshwater restoration ecology
Components to be offered in the Current Semester: