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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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1critically evaluate the performance of their learning team and their own role in the project
2design and implement a field study to investigate how material is transported through waterways
3perform water quality analyses and determine appropriate uses for the water with reference to relevant guidelines
4understand the quantitative procedures used in the management of the quality, storage and movement of water
5prepare reports and oral presentations pertaining to a number of water resource management issue of national significance
6understand and apply the principles of conflict resolution and teamwork in the context of resource management.

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
  2. design and implement a field study to investigate how material is transported through waterways
  3. perform water quality analyses and determine appropriate uses for the water with reference to relevant guidelines
  4. understand the quantitative procedures used in the management of the quality, storage and movement of water
  5. prepare reports and oral presentations pertaining to a number of water resource management issue of national significance
  6. understand and apply the principles of conflict resolution and teamwork in the context of resource management.

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

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Fee information

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