Semester Two 2012
Characterisation and assessment of freshwater resources and current stresses upon these. Topics will include; characteristics and vulnerability of the hydrological cycle, aquatic processes and aquatic ecosystems, cultural values, hazards, anthropogenic use, stresses and their effects on water quality, quantity, ecosystem health/diversity and future use, resource limitations and connections to economy, tools and techniques for resource assessment.
The aim of this course is to provide a contextual knowledge of water resource characterisation and issues to students with specific disciplinary skills, such that they can understand and accommodate aspects of sustainable water resource management in their chosen career. A secondary aim is to initiate a pathway leading into the postgraduate programme in Water Resource Management, which will, in turn, lead to a professional career in this field.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to;
• Explain why freshwater resources and their ecosystems are vulnerable to change
• Describe how water resources and their values are characterised and evaluate their limitations
• Discuss why water resources can pose hazards
• Evaluate the effects of domestic and commercial water use on water resources, their subsequent use and aquatic ecosystems
• Apply specialist skills (e.g., in aspects of science, engineering, planning) in freshwater resources management
• Explain the role of practical (field) survey work in resource characterisation and effects assessment
Any 75 points at 100 level
This course is jointly run with Lincoln University and all lectures are video conferenced and recorded to help avoid timetable clashes. Some lectures will be given from Lincoln and conferenced to UC, others will be given at UC and conferenced to LU.
This course is team taught with lecturers from various backgrounds to give different perspectives to the topics covered.
Field trip essay
Examination and Formal Tests
24 Oct 2012
There is no available textbook covering the range of topics to be offered in WATR201. However, there are a variety of excellent textbooks on the nature of freshwater resources and their management in the university library.
Additional readings will also be provided via the LEARN(moodle) website.
This course uses LEARN(moodle) as a key resource for communication, lecture and additional reference material.
For further information see
Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management on the department and colleges page.
All WATR201 Occurrences
Semester Two 2012