- Class Number 3428
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Sara Beavis
- Dr Sara Beavis
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
- Meredith Hope
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 Water Resource Management (WRM); onground strategies of WRM; and integrated modelling of water and land resources. The course emphasises the interdisciplinarity 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.Water ethics is a key theme that underpins and linkls many components of the course.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the complex interplay between people, climate, land, water and economic development in water resource management in Australia;
- 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;
- demonstrate familiarity with a range of water resource management issues, including origins, impacts and management interventions in both rural and urban settings;
- integrate information from a range of disciplines into a comprehensive picture of a water resource management issue;
- 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;
- 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.
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.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
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 Workshop: Introduction|
|2||Lecture A: Water ethics Lecture B: Water and gender Workshop: Water ethics|
|3||Lecture A: Indigenous water Lecture B: River regulation and Irrigation Workshop: Interrogating the Ord|
|4||Lecture A: Mining and water Lecture B: ASS Workshop: Conceptual site modelling|
|5||Lecture A: Integrated water resources management - IWRM Lecture B: Catchment assessment Workshop: Unpacking IWRM in an interrupted case study scenario|
|6||Lecture A: Environmental water Lecture B: Water sharing in the WDB Basin Workshop: Water sharing in the WDB Basin|
|7||Lecture A: Urban water and sustainability Lecture B: Peri-urbanisation Workshop: Ethics Moot||Research report due cob Wednesday 28 April (50%)|
|8||Lecture A: Water management and ecology Lecture B: Stakeholder engagement Workshop: Ethics Moot|
|9||Lecture A: Water management in the Pacific Lecture B: Water management for human health Workshop: Ethics Moot|
|10||Lecture A: Global issues: contaminated water Lecture B: Global issues: Water and COVID Workshop: Water management for human health|
|11||Lecture A: Global issues: transboundary water Lecture B: Global issues: water conflicts Workshop: Water management for human health|
|12||Lecture A: Ecohydrology and humanitarian engineering Lecture B: Preparing for New Futures Workshop: Open book test||Open book test 26 May (20%)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Workshop participation||40 %||*||*||2,3,4|
|Research paper||40 %||28/04/2021||10/05/2021||2,3,4,6|
|Open Book Test||20 %||25/05/2021||07/07/2021||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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4
This assessment comprises three components all of which are reliant on participation in workshops and associated activities. These include:
(i) Online research forums within small groups (~4 people) requiring posting resources, ideas and questions based around a water ethics issue (10%)
(ii) Ethics Moot – time-limited group development of a document that addresses a question based on the water ethics issue covered in activity (i) described above (20%)
(iii) Three quizzes based on workshop activities in the second half of the course. (10%)
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: 4000 plus tables and references.
To be submitted 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, but remotely. It is expected that students will refer to lecture powerpoints, and any additional reference material relevant to the course.
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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The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
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.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
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.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Feedback on assignments is provided on the hard copy submissions, and results are posted up on the Wattle grade sheet.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension 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.
Resubmission of Assignments
Re-submission of assignments is not permitted.
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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