WATR401-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Advanced Water Resources

15 points
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018


Freshwater resource definition, characterisation, use, and impacts of exploitation and their management or mitigation. Topics will include; perspectives/values (including cultural) associated with water bodies, anthropogenic stresses and their effects on resources, key aquatic and ecosystems processes, methods of characterisation and impact assessment, hazards, NZ legislative frameworks relating to water and environmental resource, and catchment management approaches. Will include a compulsory one-day fieldtrip.

The aim of this course is to provide graduates, who already have particular academic skills, with an overview of the knowledge required for effective management of water resources in NZ.

It serves two purposes;

•  Advanced consideration of fundamental concepts of  water  resource management such that students can understand and accommodate aspects of water resource management in their chosen career

•  A core component, and the first course taken, of the PG Diploma/Master of Water Resources, giving all graduates entering the programme, from a variety of backgrounds, an understanding of  the fundamental concepts of water resource management.

This course is run jointly with Lincoln University. Lectures are run from each University in alternating years (this is a physical location difference to balance it between the two Universities).

In 2017 this course will be held at Lincoln University.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to;

  • Describe and explain why freshwater resources and their ecosystems are vulnerable, and discuss the critical factors in resource exploitation and longevity.

  • Identify how water resources, and their limits, are quantified

  • Recognise the relevance of specialist skills (e.g., in aspects of science, engineering, planning) in the resolution of freshwater resources management issues.

  • Discuss the importance of  field measurements, monitoring programmes, and data treatment and its use in resource assessment  

  • Analyse how conflicts arise in resource use, and approach and communicate water resource issues constructively and without bias

  • Assess those aspects of NZ environmental law that are most relevant to freshwater management, and how these can be applied (or not) to ensure sustainable use of water resources.  

  • Contribute effectively to an interdisciplinary team working on water resource issues

  • Communicate concepts effectively and usefully to a range of audiences


(1) Entry is subject to approval by the Programme Director (2)BSc, BE(Hons), BEMP (LU) or equivalent qualification or experience in a field of relevance in water resource management

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 12:00 19 Feb - 25 Mar
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Sunday 08:00 - 16:00 5 Mar - 11 Mar

Timetable Note

This course is run jointly with Lincoln University. Lectures are run from each University in alternating years (this is just a physical location difference to balance it between the two Universities). In 2018 this course will be held at Lincoln University unless otherwise advised; transport will be provided. Make sure you check the LEARN site prior to the first class to check for updated news.

A full day field trip is also included, scheduled for March 11.

Course Coordinator

Leanne Morgan


Julie Clarke


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
internal assessment 60%
Final exam 40%


There is no available textbook covering the range of topics to be offered in WATR401.  However, there are a variety of excellent textbooks on the nature of freshwater resources and their management in the university library.

A course reader is provided with key articles and any additional readings will also be provided via the LEARN(moodle) website.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,013.00

* 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.

All WATR401 Occurrences

  • WATR401-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018