RSNR502 Integrated Water Resource Management

Updated: 15 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM454 or EM554 or ENVE421 or ENVE521 or RSNR302 or RSNR402

For on campus students teaching will include weekly lectures and interactive tutorials. All online students will have online access to unit materials, including topic notes and guided readings, Powerpoint presentations and podcasts of lectures and tutorials;

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units RSNR302 - Integrated Water Resource Management
RSNR402 - Integrated Water Resource Management
Coordinator(s) Deborah Bower (
Unit Description

This unit commences with a description of the distribution, hydrology, chemistry, and ecology of freshwaters with an emphasis on Australia and its water resources. Technologies and their impacts on the freshwater ecosystem are reviewed in detail with a focus on environmental allocations, water use for irrigation and domestic supply, technologies for water re-use and re-cycling, desalination, agricultural effluent re-use and groundwater exploitation, and their likely impacts. Chemical and bio-assessment methods (including river health assessments) for detecting impacts are demonstrated before the unit concludes with a holistic treatment of the trade-offs and management of social, economic, ecological and political issues in water resource management in Australia and overseas.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe and appreciate the distribution of Australia's surface and groundwater resources, major elements of their ecology, and their principal management issues;
  2. understand and use field methods to assess the likely impacts of technologies such as irrigation use or river regulation on river health;
  3. understand the trade-offs between water resource use and ecological sustainability for effective management, specifically applying this understanding to environmental flow assessment;
  4. integrate an understanding of aquatic ecology and water resource technology in 'action and consequence' assessment of various water resource issues such as re-use of agricultural effluent, river regulation, and groundwater use;
  5. demonstrate advanced skills in appraisal and communication of scientific literature; and
  6. review a limnological research report or paper critically, identifying flaws in logic, methodology, and factual information that may alter conclusions drawn from the work.