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Unit description

Introduces students to many of the issues associated with the management of water resources with a focus on issues relating to ground and surface water. The unit draws on the sciences of hydrology, climatology, chemistry, biology, aquatic ecology and soil processes.

Unit content

The unit examines the major issues effecting global surface and groundwater resources. It involves understanding the concepts of water transport in the environment, the major types of contamination that affect water resources, and the application of quantitative tools in the study of water management. Topics include:

  • History of water management
  • Climate and water resources
  • The water cycle
  • Groundwater resources
  • Surface water resources
  • Case studies of major water and catchment issues

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1critically evaluate the performance of their learning team and their own role in the projectCommunication and social skills
2design and implement a field study to investigate how material is transported through waterwaysKnowledge of a discipline
3perform water quality analyses and determine appropriate uses for the water with reference to relevant guidelinesKnowledge of a discipline
4understand the quantitative procedures used in the management of the quality, storage and movement of waterKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5prepare reports and oral presentations pertaining to a number of water resource management issue of national significanceLifelong learning
6understand and apply the principles of conflict resolution and teamwork in the context of resource management. Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically evaluate the performance of their learning team and their own role in the project
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. design and implement a field study to investigate how material is transported through waterways
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. perform water quality analyses and determine appropriate uses for the water with reference to relevant guidelines
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. understand the quantitative procedures used in the management of the quality, storage and movement of water
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. prepare reports and oral presentations pertaining to a number of water resource management issue of national significance
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. understand and apply the principles of conflict resolution and teamwork in the context of resource management.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Field work 4 hours (2 weeks)
Tutorial online 3 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Project20%
Project50%
Practical skills10%

Teaching method
Tutorial online 3 hours (10 weeks)
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Field work 4 hours (2 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Project20%
Project50%
Practical skills10%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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