• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Policy Studies
  • Minor code WSAP-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Water Science and Policy Minor

Water is a critical issue for societies and the environment in Australia, in our region, and in many other parts of the world. This issue will continue to be one of the highest priorities for governments in the future due to the pressures exerted by population growth and climate and environmental change. The minor in Water Science and Policy provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge central to the understanding and management of water resources, and to develop expertise and undertake research relevant to water within the biophysical sciences and from a policy perspective.

Learning Goals:

On completion of the minor in Water Science and Policy students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand water resources in Australia, the region and the world, in the context of the complex interplay between climate, land, water, people and economic development.
  2. Integrate information across a range of disciplines into a comprehensive analysis of water issues.
  3. Appreciate the relationships between raw data and their interpretation(s), and how lack of knowledge or uncertain knowledge influence decision making relevant to water.
  4. Critically analyse quantitative and qualitative data relevant to water quality, use and management; and manipulate quantitative data and develop conceptual models of complex systems.
  5. Develop, apply and integrate scientific and policy knowledge in a professional context.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
EMSC1006 The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science 6
EMSC1008 EARTH: The Chemistry and Physics of our Planet 6
ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability 6
ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research 6
ENVS1004 Australia's Environment 6
ENVS1008 Sustainable Development 6

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
EMSC2014 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 6
  ENVS 2020: Hydrology & Landforms for NRM
ENVS3005 Water Resource Management 6
ENVS3028 Environmental Policy 6
ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy 6
EMSC3023 Marine Biogeochemistry 6
EMSC3025 Groundwater 6
EMSC3028 Coastal Environmental Earth Science 6
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