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Characterisation and assessment of freshwater resources and current stresses upon these. Topics will include; characteristics and vulnerability of the hydrological cycle, aquatic processes and aquatic ecosystems, cultural values, hazards, anthropogenic use, stresses and their effects on water quality, quantity, ecosystem health/diversity and future use, resource limitations and connections to economy, tools and techniques for resource assessment.
The aim of this course is to provide a contextual knowledge of water resource characterisation and issues to students with specific disciplinary skills, such that they can understand and accommodate aspects of sustainable water resource management in their chosen career. A secondary aim is to initiate a pathway leading into the postgraduate programme in Water Resource Management, which will, in turn, lead to a professional career in this field. This course includes a half day field trip. PLEASE NOTE: The lecture delivery for this course differs from the standard three hour per week in-class format, as the course is delivered jointly with Lincoln University. Lectures are pre-recorded and available on LEARN, and are designed for viewing on a PC. There will be in class tutorials in the lecture room every second week. Check the course outline for details. The first and final lectures will also be given in the class room at these times.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to; Explain why freshwater resources and their ecosystems are vulnerable to change Describe how water resources and their values are characterised and evaluate their limitations Discuss why water resources can pose hazards Evaluate the effects of domestic and commercial water use on water resources, their subsequent use and aquatic ecosystems Apply specialist skills (e.g., in aspects of science, engineering, planning) in freshwater resources management Explain the role of practical (field) survey work in resource characterisation and effects assessment
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Any 75 points at 100 level
Students must attend one activity from each section.
PLEASE NOTE: The lecture delivery for this course differs from the standard three hour per week in-class format, as the course is delivered jointly with Lincoln University. Lectures are pre-recorded and available on LEARN, and are designed for viewing on a PC. There will be in class tutorials in the lecture room every second week. Check the course outline for details. The first and final lectures will also be given in the class room at these times.
There is no available textbook covering the range of topics to be offered in WATR201. However, there are a variety of excellent textbooks on the nature of freshwater resources and their management in the university library.Additional readings will also be provided via the LEARN(moodle) website.
This course uses LEARN(moodle) as a key resource for communication, lecture and additional reference material. This course is also delivered as a mixture of online lectures and in person tutorials (see timetable note, above).
Domestic fee $865.00
International fee $3,788.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management on the department and colleges page.