ENCI648-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Special Topic: Water Demand and Supply

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Estimation of water demand and supply through measurement (in situ and remote sensing), statistical and stochastic analysis and modelling; optimisation of water allocation and costs in different contexts.

Water is critical to all forms of life, society and the environment, and being able to manage water in a sustainable manner is essential. This requires a thorough understanding of the different demands for water and the available supply. This course aims to provide this understanding by looking at the regulatory framework (including policy and social/cultural/economic/ecological aspects), measuring available water, modelling demand and supply over time and optimising water allocation and costs when facing conflicting interests.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the regulatory background of water demand and supply in the New Zealand context,
2. Learn how to measure and/or estimate water demand and supply,
3. Be able to statistically and stochastically analyse and model water quantity data,
4. Be able to optimise water supply and allocation in different contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable Note

This course is now running online, with tutorials to be held on Zoom. Dates and times for these tutorials will be confirmed on Learn and via email with enrolled students.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tonny de Vries


David Dempsey and Mark Milke


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment measuring and modelling 15%
Assignment time series analysis 7.5%
exam 50%
Auction workshop 2.5% Participation in common pool auction workshop
@Risk model 25%

Textbooks / Resources

ENCN648 will have a significant amount of online material, book chapters and other suggested readings. You will find an overview of all this material on Learn under the headings of the individual topics.



In the case of an emergency that affects the whole course, the Course Coordinator, in consultation with the Dean, may change the nature, weighting and timing of assessments, e.g. tests and examination may be replaced with assignments of the same weight or different weight at a different time and/or date (which, under certain circumstances, may be outside the prescribed course dates).  The ‘Special Consideration’ process will also be used for unforeseen circumstances that adversely affect the academic performance of students individually. The usual grounds for this are described in the UC policy ‘Special Consideration Procedures and Guidelines’, and personal circumstances due to a wider emergency event may also qualify.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCI648 Occurrences

  • ENCI648-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021