ENNR320-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Integrated Catchment Analysis

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Integrated analysis of water, land, and ecology. GIS, spatial analysis, soils, hydro-meteorology, vegetation, catchment hydrology, catchment-level policy, systems analysis.

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of integrated catchment analysis and management. The course emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of natural resources engineering problems by investigating physical and institutional components within the framework of hydrological catchments.

Learning Outcomes

At end of this course students are expected to:
a) Develop an in-depth understanding of  catchment hydrology
b) Understand spatial information analysis and its application in Natural Resources Engineering
c) Be able to use geographic information system (GIS) tools for systems analysis, engineering problem solving, and modelling of natural systems
d) Understand the role of soils, water, topography, landcover, management and climate within a catchment




Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tom Cochrane


Tonny de Vries


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments (term 2) GIS modelling project 10%
GIS portfolio (A-E complete) 5%
GIS portfolio (F & G report) 5%
Hydrological Modelling 5%
Soils/veg etc lab (term 2) 5%
final exam 35%
Test (term 1 material) 35%

While the bulk of the assessment for this paper lies in the test and final exam (total 70%), you will only perform well in these if you have thoroughly prepared by working through the problems given in lectures and the assignments.  

1. You cannot pass this course unless you achieve a mark of at least 40% in each of the mid-semester test and the final exam. A student who narrowly fails to achieve 40% in either the test or exam, but who performs very well in the other, may be eligible for a pass in the course.

2. All assignments must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted. If a student is unable to complete and submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond their control they should discuss this with the lecturer involved as soon as possible.

3. It is important to remember that copying another person’s work, and submitting that work as your own is plagiarism. This practice is unethical and may result in disciplinary action being taken against you. For assignments that are done in groups, it is important that all students in the group play an equal role in completing the assessment.

4. Students repeating the course must undertake all parts of the course.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Ashman, M. R. , Puri, G; Essential soil science : a clear and concise introduction to soil science ; Blackwell Science, 2002.

Haan, C. T. , Barfield, Billy J., Hayes, J. C; Design hydrology and sedimentology for small catchments ; Academic Press, 1994.

Larry W. Mays; Water Resources Engineering ; Wiley, 2011.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENNR320 Occurrences

  • ENNR320-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020