Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BMZA 240
Course Title:
Zoo Water Quality Management
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Course Description

Introduces the fundamental principles and application of water management techniques to water systems typically used in zoos. Department permission required. Prerequisites: MTH 65 and (CH 151 or 104 or higher). Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Safely and effectively operate, maintain, and troubleshoot the Life Support Systems(LSS) that provides biological, chemical, and/or mechanical filtration in a zoo setting.
  • Implement a comprehensive water quality monitoring system that addresses the specific needs of the various types of water to assure optimal zoo animal welfare.
  • Maintain water quality in accordance with all governmental and accrediting body recommendations to assure well-being of  the animals in a zoo setting.

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is a combination of lecture, demonstration, and laboratory experience to provide necessary skills in aquarium water quality management. Laboratory instruction will be based at the Rock Creek campus and may include field trips to zoological facilities.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participate in and contribute to all class and team discussions and activities.
  • Complete homework assignments and projects
  • Complete all scheduled examinations and quizzes

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Content and Issues:

  • Types of water features found in zoological gardens
  • Types of filtration €“ biological, chemical and mechanical
  • Safe operation, maintenance and trouble shooting of Life Support System equipment vital to maintaining animal welfare.
  • Types of water €“ freshwater, salt water, brackish water, domestic water, wastewater
  • Major types of water systems, closed, semi-open, open, primary habitat, secondary habitat, water features
  • Primary modes of filtration €“ biological, chemical and mechanical
  • Safe and effective operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of Life Support Systems that provides one or more types of filtration and or disinfection
  • Governmental and accrediting body recommendations for water quality
  • Applicable regulations and guidelines to maintain water parameters necessary to maintain and sustain captive animal populations
  • Environmental awareness
  • Safely and effectively operate, maintain and trouble shoot Life Support Systems to maintain water quality
  • Implementation of a comprehensive water quality program that addresses the specific needs of various types of animals.
  • Application of scientific research to water quality management.
  • Routine monitoring of the health and welfare of various aquatic specimens in relation to water quality management.