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Integrated analysis of water, land, and ecology. GIS, spatial analysis, soils, vegetation, food/fibre production, environmental impact assessments, ecological engineering principles, catchment-level policy, systems analysis.
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of integrated catchment analysis, principles of ecological engineering and, environmental impact metrics and assessment. The course emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of natural resources engineering problems by investigating physical and institutional components within the framework of catchments.
At end of this course students are expected to:a) Develop an in-depth understanding of integrated catchment analysis and understanding of environmental impact metrics and assessment. b) Understand spatial information analysis and its application in Natural Resources and Ecological Engineeringc) Be able to use geographic information system (GIS) tools for systems analysis, engineering problem solving, and modelling of natural systemsd) Understand the role of soils, water, topography, landcover, management and climate on ecosystems and food/fibre production e) Advance knowledge of engineering solutions using ecological engineering principles in solving topical environmental problems.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Tonny de Vries
and Aisling O'Sullivan
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.
Haan, C. T. , Barfield, Billy J., Hayes, J. C;
Design hydrology and sedimentology for small catchments;
Academic Press, 1994.
M.R. Ashman and G. Puri;
[Book] Essential soil science : a clear and concise introduction to soil science;
Blackwell Science, 2002.
Mays, L W;
Water resources engineering;
John Wiley, 2011.
Recommended:Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Climate change 2014: Synthesis report: Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; IPCC Secretariat, 2014. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/
Domestic fee $986.00
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.