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.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Critically evaluate the performance of their learning team and their own role in the project||Communication and social skills|
|2||Design and implement a water quality monitoring program to investigate a catchment issue.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Perform water quality analyses and determine appropriate uses for the water with reference to relevant guidelines||Intellectual rigour|
|4||Understand the quantitative procedures used in the management of the quality, storage and movement of water.||Intellectual rigour|
|5||Prepare reports and oral presentations pertaining to a number of water resource management issue of national significance||Lifelong learning|
|6||Understand and apply the principles of conflict resolution and teamwork in the context of resource management||Ethical practice|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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