Unit description

This unit is designed to introduce you to many of the issues associated with the management of water resources with a focus on issues relating to ground and surface water. In the overall context of the degree course that you are doing, the unit draws on the sciences of hydrology, climatology, chemistry, biology, aquatic ecology and soil processes.

Unit content

The course 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (10 weeks)
Practical skills5%
Exam: closed book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Practical session 3 days (1 week)
Practical skills5%
Exam: closed book50%

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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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