ENNR320-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Integrated Catchment Analysis

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


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.

Learning Outcomes

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 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 on ecosystems and food/fibre production  
e)  Advance knowledge of engineering solutions using ecological engineering principles in solving topical environmental problems.




Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 E14 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Rehua 101 Lectorial
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Eng Core 216 CAD Lab (25/2)
Rehua 002 Lectorial (4/3-1/4, 29/4-3/6)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
1 Mar - 4 Apr
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 14:00 CAPE 113 Teaching Lab
3 May - 23 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Eng Core 216 CAD Lab (25/2)
Rehua 003 Music (4/3, 18/3, 29/4-3/6)
22 Feb - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 21 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab
26 Apr - 2 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tom Cochrane


Tonny de Vries and Aisling O'Sullivan


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
crop modellingand discussion of ecological/impacs 10%
GIS Portfolio (A-E complete) 5%
GIS Portfolio (F & G report) 5%
final exam 35%
GIS modelling project/online presentation 10%
Term 1 material test 35%

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

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; 2nd; John Wiley, 2011.


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/

Indicative Fees

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.

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