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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

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: 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 field study to investigate how material is transported through waterways Knowledge of a discipline
3 perform water quality analyses and determine appropriate uses for the water with reference to relevant guidelines Knowledge of a discipline
4 understand the quantitative procedures used in the management of the quality, storage and movement of water Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
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. 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.