• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Human Sciences
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sara Beavis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS2020
  • Offered in Summer Session 2017
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This is an intensive course offered on an annual basis. The course will be delivered from 6 - 17 February 2017.

Knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological processes involved when water in its many forms interacts with land is fundamental to managing natural resources and in dealing with the increasing environmental challenges confronting us in the 21st century.  Faced with global change, an understanding of water science is increasingly important in relation to secure water supply; assessing water demand; safeguarding water quality in multi-use catchments and aquifers; maintaining human health; ensuring food and energy security; and sustaining the ecosystems which support us.  Professionals who are aware of the concepts, principles and practices relevant to surface and groundwater hydrology and river processes are needed to work in a variety of water-related fields.    

This course is structured around the water cycle and the concepts of mass and energy balance.  The different pathways that water takes as it cycles through the atmosphere, biosphere and lithosphere are examined, as are the interactions of the cycle's components and their influence on geomorphic and geochemical processes and ecological function. Surface and groundwater are considered as an integrated system, including both their flows and quality. Students will become familiar with hydrological processes and the techniques required to address water security and landscape management, with a focus on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Practicals, problem-solving workshops and field studies provide opportunities to develop skills in sampling, analysing and presenting data that relate to catchment characteristics, processes and change.

 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. describe hydrological and associated geomorphic processes, and their importance in environmental management
  2. interpret the relationships between water and the regolith which control landform evolution and water quality
  3. explain principles of, and demonstrate field skills in, hydrological and geomorphic measurement
  4. describe and compare practical examples of hydrology and landscape in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
  5. appreciate the relationship between raw data and the interpretation(s) that stem from them, and how limited or poor quality data influence management decisions.
  6. assess how the balance between water availability, supply and quality informs natural resource management.
  7. predict the interactions between water and landform under a range of different scenarios

Indicative Assessment

•Practical exercises to demonstrate use of basic mathematics and statistics in hydrology and landform evolution (30%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4,5,6)

•Group based field study and individual report to demonstrate field skills and data analysis (30%; LO 2, 3, 4, 5)

•Research essay (40%; LO 1, 2, 3,5, 6)

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Workload

65 contact hours comprising lectures, practicals and fieldwork

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES6006 or SRES6007 or ENVS6206 or ENVS6208 or ENVS2020.

Prescribed Texts

Davie, T. (2008) Fundamentals of Hydrology, Routledge, London.

Strahler, A. (2010) Introducing Physical Geography, Wiley, 5th edition.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1777 06 Feb 2017 07 Feb 2017 17 Feb 2017 13 Mar 2017 In Person

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