- Class Number 2693
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Sara Beavis
- Dr Sara Beavis
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
- Penelope Godwin
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of issues and methods in water resources management, and is set especially within the framework of total, or integrated, catchment management. The course gives an introduction to the unique hydrology of Australia, major issues of water resource management, the implications of past water management practices, the principles of integrated catchment management and sustainability, and current management tools and strategies.
Topics will include: the components of the hydrological cycle; impacts of land and water management on water quantity and quality; water demand and allocation among users, including the environment; the institutional and policy aspects of WRM; onground strategies of WRM; and integrated modelling of water and land resources. The course emphasises the interdisciplinary of water resource management and examines integrated assessment, which is a method that seeks to solve water management problems by investigating the physical, economic, social and institutional components of a problem.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. understand the complex interplay between people, climate, land, water and economic development in water resource management in Australia
2. explain how the changing balance over time in water availability, demand for water and value of water informs (and has been informed by) the history of development, institutional arrangements, policy and management
3. demonstrate familiarity with a range of water resource management issues, including origins, impacts and management interventions in both rural and urban settings
4. integrate information from a range of disciplines into a comprehensive picture of a water resource management issue
5. appreciate the relationship between raw data and the interpretation(s) that stem from it, and how a lack of knowledge or uncertain knowledge influences resource management decision-making
6. consider and use a range of methods for tackling water resource management problems
The research activities of the course convenor and a number of guest lecturers complement and underpin this course. The tutorials engage students in active enquiry based learning opportunities that are derived from current research in water management around the world.
There will be one field trip offered to graduate students. The timing of this will be negotiated early in the semester. There is no extra cost for this trip for students. Participants need to bring a snack, drinking water, writing utensils, and wear closed shoes and a hat. Volunteer student drivers and first aiders will be sought.
Additional Course Costs
There are no extra costs for students.
Examination Material or equipment
There is no formal examination for this course, however, there is an open book test in the final week of semester in which reading materials are permitted.
No special resources are required.
There are no required reference materials for this course. Readings will be posted on Wattle each week, and students are encouraged to search the literature for relevant papers and reference material.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments on assignments;
- Written and verbal comments on group presentations;
- Verbal feedback to the whole class on group activities and on assignments;
- Additional, individual feedback on request.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture A: Introduction: the water resource base and its development Lecture B: Water supply, use and values Tutorial: Understanding tutorials and how to be creative (Meredith Hope)|
|2||Lecture A: Water ethics Lecture B: Peri-urbanisation Tutorial|
|3||Lecture A: no lecture (Canberra Day) Lecture B: Indigenous Water Tutorial|
|4||Lecture A: River regulation Lecture B: Irrigation Tutorial|
|5||Lecture A: Mining and water Lecture B: ASS Tutorial|
|6||Lecture A: Environmental water Lecture B: Water sharing and the MDB Basic Tutorial|
|7||Lecture A: Water and gender Lecture B: Integrated water resources management (IWRM) Tutorial||Research report due cob Wednesday 24 April (50%)|
|8||Lecture A: Catchment Assessment Lecture B: Catchment Assessment Tutorial|
|9||Lecture A: Hydrologic modelling Lecture B: Contaminated waters Tutorial|
|10||Lecture A: Global issues: Water management for human health Lecture B: Global issues: Water conflict Tutorial|
|11||Lecture A: Global issues: stakeholder engagement Lecture B: Global issues: transboundary water Tutorial: Open book test||Open book test 20 May (20%)|
|12||Lecture A: No lecture (Reconciliation Day) Lecture B: Global issues: water governance|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial facilitation and report||30 %||25/02/2019||31/05/2019||2,3,4|
|Research paper||50 %||24/04/2019||08/05/2019||2,3,4,6|
|Open book test||20 %||20/05/2019||22/06/2019||1,2,3,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
At the end of the semester, students will take an open book test during class time in which they can bring copies of the lecture powerpoints, and any additional reference material relevant to the course. They may also bring sheets of A4 paper with notes written on both sides (either typed or handwritten). For international students for whom English is a second language, a dictionary without annotations is also permitted.
Only three (3) questions need to be answered, one from each section of the paper. The exam will be two hours long so the answers are expected to be ~ 2-3 pages long, and can be illustrated with diagrams.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4
Tutorial facilitation and report
Tutorial facilitation (15%) and report (15%) - total value of assessment task (30%)
Attendance at tutorials is compulsory regardless of whether you are a facilitator or part of the audience, unless prior written approval has been given by the convenor.
Details of task:
The tutorials are designed so that every week, two tutorial sessions will be facilitated by a pair of students for 45 minutes each. Every student has the opportunity to facilitate a session throughout the semester. Note that the number of presentations and length of this session are contingent on the size of the class. Normally we would expect a 2 hour session comprising 2 presentations.
You will be paired with a ‘buddy’ so that you can work together as a team. The facilitating graduate students will lead discussions based on critical assessment of a publication they have chosen, the topic of which is linked to one of the previous week’s lectures.
You must choose a topic using examples and/or case studies from a location other than your own country of origin.
The selected reading will be posted on Wattle the Friday prior to the tutorial, together with a short summary document describing the issue that will be focus of the tutorial.
The format of the tutorial is a 15 minute powerpoint presentation, 25 minutes of facilitated discussion, and 5 minutes summarizing the key points arising out of the class discussion.
Each of the two facilitating students then write an individual paper (1500 words) which is submitted for assessment two weeks after their tutorial. This paper critically examines the topic of the tutorial, drawing on not only the core reading that was used in that exercise, but also additional, relevant material.
Students who are not presenting a tutorial need to provide evidence of preparation for the tutorial each week. On arrival at the tutorial you need to submit three key messages that have arisen out of your reading of each of the journal papers that are the focus of the week’s tutorial.
These messages or points of interest may: identify gaps or limitations in the paper (critical analysis of the paper); seek additional information that you have considered would be useful and could be directed at the student presenting the tutorial (active tutorial participation); and/or additional information that has piqued your interest and demonstrates deeper learning (reflective thinking). The questions are to be submitted in hardcopy on a single sheet of paper with the following information at the top of the page:
- your name and university ID,
- the semester week number, and the topic of the tutorial
Submission of these questions at the time of the tutorial will be graded Pass/Fail but at the end of the semester you will be provided with an aggregated mark out of 10%.
Tutorial facilitation (refer to rubric in the Course Outline on Wattle)
Word limit: 45 minutes presentation time, including 15 minutes presentation, 25 minutes facilitated discussion and 5 minutes summary
Estimated return date: Feedback provided within one week of presentation
Tutorial report (refer to rubric in the Course Outline on Wattle)
Word limit: 1500 words plus references
Estimated return date: 2 weeks after submission
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,6
Students will undertake a research-based investigation of a water resource management issue, choosing one of the following:
- Indigenous water rights
- Environmental water
- Impacts of river regulation
- Water conservation in water scarce environments
- Water pollution (
- Transboundary water conflicts and pathways to resolution
- Water diplomacy
You must choose a topic using examples and/or case studies that are not located in your own country of origin.
Word limit: 3000 plus tables and references.
To be submitted in hardcopy to the FSES ENVS3005/6555 assignment box by cob April 24th and electronically via TURNITIN on Wattle.
Estimated return date: Feedback provided within two weeks of submission
Rubric: Available in the Course Outline on Wattle
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5
Open book test
At the end of the semester, students will take an open book test during class time in which they can bring copies of the lecture power points, and any additional reference material relevant to the course. They may also bring sheets of A4 paper with notes written on both sides (either typed or handwritten). For international students for whom English is a second language, a dictionary without annotations is also permitted
Only three (3) questions need to be answered, one from each section of the paper. The exam will be two hours long so the answers are expected to be ~ 2-3 pages long, and can be illustrated with diagrams
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Assignments are submitted using Turnitin in the course Wattle site. You will be required to attach an assignment cover sheet and electronically sign that declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.
Hard copy submission is also required by placing the assignment with a signed assignment cover sheet attached, into the ENVS3005/6555 assignment box in the Forestry Building (48) of the Fenner School.
The Open Book Test will be submitted in booklets provided for the purpose.
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure.
The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request it in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Feedback on assignments is provided on the hard copy submissions, and results are posted up on the Wattle grade sheet.
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Impacts of climate and land use (including agriculture, mining, forestry and peri-urbanisation) on catchment hydrology and water and sediment quality.
Dr Sara Beavis
Dr Sara Beavis