RSNR502 Integrated Water Resource Management

Updated: 09 May 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.

Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM454 or EM554 or ENVE421 or ENVE521 or RSNR302 or RSNR402
Notes

For on campus students teaching will include weekly lectures and interactive 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.

All online students will have online access to unit materials, including topic notes and guided readings, Powerpoint presentations and podcasts of lectures and tutorials.

Combined Units RSNR302 - Integrated Water Resource Management
RSNR402 - Integrated Water Resource Management
Coordinator(s) Deborah Bower (dbower3@une.edu.au)
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

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Australian Freshwater Ecology: Processes and Management

ISBN: 9781118568224
Boulton, A.J., Brock, M.A., Robson, B.J., Ryder, D.S., Chambers, J.M. and Davis, J.A., Wiley Blackwell 2nd ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 40% 2500
Assessment Notes

This written assessment has multiple parts

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assignment 2 10% 1000
Assessment Notes

A specific water resource management issue including a presentation.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

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.

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6


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.