This unit is designed to introduce you to many of the issues associated with the management of the water resource with a major focus on issues that arise in the management of both rural and urban water catchments. 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.
Module 1 - water and the rural catchment
The management of rivers and their catchments. The following four level model of the catchment is used:
- the catchment reduced to its bio-physical components
- hydrology, chemistry and biology - the assessment and management of yield and water quality
- the catchment as a mechanical device consisting of connected biophysical components
- linkages between biophysical factors like land-use, stream condition, yield and water quality.
The systems approach
- the catchment as a complex adaptive system - working with uncertainty
- the communicative catchment - social, economic and political considerations
- Total catchment management and the resolution of resource conflict.
Module 2 - the urban water cycle
The three major issues associated with the urban water cycle, supply, wastewater and stormwater are discussed separately and in the context of recent attempts to create infrastructures which strive for efficiency via processes of integration and source control. Topics covered include:
- issues of supply and demand
- surface and ground water as sources for supply
- tanks, dams and reservoirs as storage devices
- pumps, pipes, and aquifers
- irrigation and drainage as approaches to managing soil moisture.
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||submit written and verbal reports regarding the management of anthropogenically impacted catchments and the quality and quantity of water in the environment||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||perform various calculations relevant to the quality, storage and movement of water in both rural and urban situations||Intellectual rigour|
|5||apply the principles of conflict resolution in the context of a resource management dispute||Ethical practice|
|6||prepare a written report on a water resource management issue of national significance.||Lifelong learning|
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Teaching and assessment
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