ENNR405-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Ecological and Bioresources Engineering

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


Resources required for agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture. Best management practices for stormwater and agricultural runoff. Engineered wetlands. Ecological economics and restoration.

Ecological engineering is the design of sustainable systems that derive their energy and materials from natural and engineered ecosystems. These designs aim to integrate human society with the natural environment for the benefit of both.  Applications include engineered wetlands, water sensitive urban design, waterway and habitat restoration, and integrated food-energy-water systems. Relevant tools include stormwater management models and life cycle assessment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a broader appreciation of the interconnectedness of technical, social, cultural and economic issues in ecological engineering applications
  • Be able to model surface water quality and quantity in an urban environment, as an example of quantifying ecological processes and external influencing factors
  • Evaluate site characteristics and issues, and select ecologically appropriate design solutions to address these issues
  • Have a firm understanding of ecosystems, their assessment and valuation

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 - (23/4-28/5)
A9 Lecture Theatre (20/2-19/3)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 - (25/3, 22/4-27/5)
E12 (19/2-18/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 - (24/3, 21/4-26/5)
Rehua 530 (18/2-17/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 17:00 CAPE 113 Teaching Lab 2 Mar - 8 Mar
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 17:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab 16 Mar - 22 Mar
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 4 May - 10 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Frances Charters


Aisling O'Sullivan and Ricardo Bello Mendoza


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 (report in pairs) 10%
Assignment 2 (individual modelling report) 10%
Assignment 3 (pair report) 20%
final exam 30%
Test 1 (2 hour) 30%

Test 1 will cover material from Dr Charters’ lectures only (L1-19).
The Final Exam will cover material from Dr O’Sullivan and Dr Bello-Mendoza’s lectures only (L20-36).

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.

2. All assignments must be submitted by the due date via Learn electronically AND a printed copy to the box designated for this course on Level 2. 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.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Kangas, Patrick C; Ecological engineering : principles and practice; Lewis Publishers, 2004.

Matlock, Marty D. , Morgan, Robert A; Ecological engineering design : restoring and conserving ecosystem services; Wiley, 2011 (Available from UC Library website as eBook).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

All ENNR405 Occurrences

  • ENNR405-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020