Courses

Our laboratory is actively involved in education at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University and teaches several courses:


 

Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology

Course number: I000482

Teaching language: English

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Colin Janssen, Prof. Dr. Peter Goethals, Prof. Dr. Kathy Steppe

Synopsis:

This course builds on the acquired knowledge in the course 'ecology' (second bachelor). In contrast with the aforementioned course the most important ecological processes in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems will be studied in detail and will have a quantitative approach. The course has as general aim to give an insight in the structure and the functioning of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Thus the foundation is laid for the many applications of the ecology and also the assessing of the anthropogenic impact and the monitoring, which are necessary. The aquatic part includes the physical and chemical characteristics, as well as the qualitative and quantitative composition of the biological communities in aquatic ecosystems. The interactions between biotics and abiots are emphasised, as well as productivity. In the terrestrial part especially the exchange processes between live organisms and their terrestrial environment is studied. Carbon-, water- and the nutrient removal are discussed in detail. The theoretical knowledge introduced in both parts will be illustrated by case studies with sampling in the site and development in the laboratory, as well as by exercises.

More info on the UGhent Programme Catalogue: Course I000482

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Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Ecology

Course numbers: I001291 and I001349

Teaching language: English

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Colin Janssen, Prof. Dr. Peter Goethals, Prof. Dr. Hans Verbeeck

Synopsis:

The partim Freshwater Ecology aims at providing students with the basic knowledge of the study of the structure and the functioning of freshwater ecosystems. The abiotic (physical and chemical) characteristics of lakes and rivers, as well as the qualitative and quantitative composition of the different biological communities are reviewed. Major attention is paid to the materials budget of inland waters and to the interactions between the living and non-living components. The practical training includes qualitative and quantitative microscopical analysis of the major biological communities living in freshwater ecosystems (phyto-, and zooplankton, periphyton, macrobenthos).
The partim Marine Ecology aims at describing and illustrating the fundamental concepts and general processes governing marine ecosystems. In the theoretical course, the interactions between the abiotic factors and the structure and function of marine ecosystems are reviewed in detail. The practicals on the other hand are focussing on the systematics and auto- and synecology of the different groups of marine organisms. The practical exercises are supported by field excursions and case studies. The integration of the theoretical and practical aspects of marine ecology give the student an in-depth, experience-oriented knowledge of this scientific field.
The partim terrestrial ecology discusses exchange processes between living organisms (mainly plants) and their terrestrial environment. The main terrestrial ecosystems and their characteristics are reviewed. Special attention is paid to plant-radiation interactions and the micro-climates in vegetations and soils. The carbon, water and energy budgets of ecosystems are discussed in detail. Actual antropogenic impact on terrestrial ecosystems (e.g. climatic change, disturbance) are also focussed on.

More info on the UGhent Programme Catalogue: Course I001291 and Course I001349

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Ecological Risk Assessment

Course numbers: I001293, I001974 and I001975

Teaching language: English

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Colin Janssen, Prof. Dr. Karel De Schamphelaere, Prof. Dr. Frederik De Laender, Dr. Violaine Verougstraete

Synopsis:

The aim of this course is to introduce the students into the theoretical foundations of (eco)toxicology of chemicals and in the principles of exposure, effects and risk assessment of chemicals to man and the environment. A strong focus is on understanding how different physical, chemical, biological and ecological processes contribute to chemicals exposure, effects and, ultimately, risk. Finally, the various aspects of the theory will be brought into practice by means of hands-on training into exposure and effects testing in the laboratory ('practicum'), quantitative (real-life) chemicals risk assessment ('PC exercises'), and a critical review of a scientific paper ('group work').

More info on the UGhent Programme Catalogue: Course I001293, Course I001974 and Course I001975

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Ecotechnology

Course number: I001130

Teaching language: English

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Karel De Schamphelaere, Prof. Dr. Peter Goethals

Synopsis:

The use of ecological engineering techniques implies that the insights into ecological processes play an important role in the discussion and application of technological instruments for the analysis, protection and repair of ecosystems. To achieve this goal, ecological models and simulation environments will be taught in order to indicate in a transparent way how the relations between the different components should be used in the analysis and management of ecosystems. Several PC-exercise classes and one case study (group work) will allow the students to bring the theory of investigating natural, disturbed and threatened ecosystems into practice. 

More info on the UGhent Programme Catalogue: Course I001130

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Integrated Assessment of Water and Sediment Quality

Course number: I002148

Teaching language: English

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Colin Janssen, Prof. Dr. Ronny Blust (UA), Dr. Johannes Teuchies (UA)

Synopsis:

It is essential for both man and the environment to have abundant water of good quality. Man does not only use huge quantities of water but he is also responsible for the contamination of rivers and other water bodies. Good management of water and sediments requires that we reduce and preferably eliminate the impact on the water quality and use the available water in a sustainable manner. To reach these goals it is imperative to develop and apply instruments and criteria which can assess the quality of water and sediments and which are able to establish the causes of the reduced water quality. This module concerning water and sediment quality assessment will introduce the science of ecotoxicology with special emphasis on the water. An overview will be given of the various physical, chemical and biological aspects of water pollution and the methods which are used to assess water and sediment quality. These aspects will be integrated by learning how the environmental risks of water-borne contaminants are assessed. Practical aspects of exposure and effects assessments, including modeling, will be put into the context of environmental legislation and management.

More info on the UGhent Programme Catalogue: Course I002148

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Introduction to Eco-toxicology and Risk Assessment

Course number: E078060

Teaching language: English

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Colin Janssen, Prof. Dr. Karel De Schamphelaere

Synopsis:

The aim of this course is to introduce the students in the theoretical foundations of (eco)toxicology of chemicals and in the principles of exposure, effects and risk assessment of chemicals to man and the environment. A strong focus is on understanding how different physical, chemical, biological and ecological processes contribute to chemicals exposure, effects and, ultimately, risk.

More info on the UGhent Programme Catalogue: Course E078060

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Toxicology and Exposure Assessment

Course number: O000045

Teaching language: English

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Colin Janssen, Prof. Dr. Karel De Schamphelaere, Prof. Dr. Frederik De Laender

Synopsis:

The aim of this course is to study the methods needed to examine the impact of environmental pollutants on the ecosystems and how the environmental risks of these contaminants can be assessed. This course describes the principles and potential applications of these two scientific fields in the context of environmental management. In the theoretical part of the course processes such as the fate, distribution and ecotoxicity of chemicals are discussed in detail. Quantitative techniques (models) are used to integrate these processes into risk evaluation systems. The course emphasizes the practical applicability of the theoretical concepts taught. In the practical classes, the various aspects of the theory are illustrated. 

More info on the UGhent Programme Catalogue: Course O000045

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