• Class Number 3204
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sara Beavis
    • Dr Sara Beavis
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
    • Meredith Hope
    • Nick Metherall
SELT Survey Results

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 links many components of the course.

Honours Pathway Option

Subject to the approval of the course convenor, students taking this option will be expected to complete experiential learning activities that build leadership skills and support higher level engagement across the water sector. This can include discussions with key decision makers/researchers, chairing and being the secretariat at meetings, or leading discussion in-class or online with water sector specialists.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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.

Research-Led Teaching

The research activities of the course convenor, a number of guest lecturers, as well as researchers and practitioners supporting the Water Ethics Moot complement and underpin this course. Students will be working with real case studies in the Water Ethics Moot and will be undertaking primary and secondary research, including data analysis, for the research report assignment .

Field Trips

Please see the Fenner School Day Field Trip page for more information.

Additional Course Costs

There are no extra costs for students.

Examination Material or equipment

Open book

Required Resources

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.
  • Webcam
  • 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

Staff Feedback

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.
  • Feedback for the Water Ethics Moot will be provided from the course convenor, tutor, external assessors and class peers.

Student Feedback

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Students should refer to the Wattle site for current delivery information for the course this semester. Lecture A: Introduction: the water resource base and its development Lecture B: Water supply, use and values Workshop: Introduction to workshops
2 Lecture A: Water ethics Lecture B: Water and Gender Workshop: Water ethics Water Ethics case studies released and group research commences – ongoing assessment (20%)
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: Water and COVID Lecture B: Water and the Pacific Workshop: Water management for human health
6 Lecture A: Environmental water Lecture B: Water sharing in the WDB Basin Workshop: Water sharing in the WDB Basin Research report on indigenous water (2000 words). To be submitted electronically via Turnitin Research report due cob Wednesday 4th April (30% of marks)
7 Lecture A: Urban water and sustainability Lecture B: Peri-urbanisation Workshop: Ethics Moot 1st groups’ Water Ethics Moot (20%)
8 Lecture A: Water management and ecology Lecture B: Stakeholder engagement Workshop: Ethics Moot 2nd groups’ Water Ethics Moot (20%)
9 Lecture A: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Lecture B: Catchment Assessment Workshop: Unpacking IWRM in an interrupted case study scenario Quiz 3.33%
10 Lecture A: Global issues: Water management for human health Lecture B: Global issues: Contaminated waters Workshop: Water management for human health Quiz 3.33%
11 Lecture A: Global issues: transboundary water Lecture B: Global issues: water conflicts Workshop: Water diplomacy and negotiation Quiz 3.33%
12 Lecture A: Ecohydrology and humanitarian engineering Lecture B: Preparing for New Futures Workshop: Revision Examination during formal examination period (30%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Indigenous water 30 % 04/04/2022 22/04/2022 1,2,4
Water Ethics Moot 40 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6
Examination 20 % 02/06/2022 18/06/2022 1,2,3,4
Quizzes 10 % * * 1,2,3,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 04/04/2022
Return of Assessment: 22/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Indigenous water

Indigenous water rights have been a long ignored, or highly compartmentalised, facet of water management In Australia. What are the key concepts that underpin these rights? By identifying the relevant, key policy and legislation frameworks that have developed over the last few decades, critically assess the current status and progress of Indigenous water rights in this country. 

Recommended length: ~ 2000 words

Rubric: Please refer to the course outline on Wattle

Submission electronically via Turnitin on Wattle by COB on 4th April

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Water Ethics Moot

The Water Ethics Moot is a multi staged task that is planned to help you to understand the key role that ethics plays in water management, planning and decision making. These stages include (i) initial research, and (ii) online construction of a document written in real time (the Moot). By becoming aware of the ethical underpinnings to water management you will start to see its relevance across the various themes of the course and help inform your own thinking into the future. By either tackling a specific case study where ethics plays a key role in water management in some part of the Pacific and Pacific Rim region, or, by listening to class-mates presentations during the Moots, you will have the opportunity to reflect on and analyse the complexity that underpins any water management issue.  

Your task is to research a given case study and understand the ethical dimensions of a particular case study. During the Moot you will need to be part of a small, supportive team and base your arguments on research that you have engaged in over a number of weeks. You will need to identify the key ethical principles at play and how a satisfactory solution to the case study can be formulated by taking these principles into consideration. 

Assessment (i) 

The research forum Students will be allocated a group by a randomized process in Week 3, and the case studies will be released in class and online via Wattle.  The case study will comprise a short summary statement and a relevant journal paper to get you started. As a group you should collaboratively research the case study by (i) clearly identifying the core issue, (ii) identifying key stakeholders, their interests and their potential biases, and then concentrating on the stakeholder group you have been assigned, and (iii) noting the salient ethical principles at play with particular reference to your stakeholder group.  

During this research period, you will be required to post your thoughts and ideas onto a dedicated forum only viewed by your group and the tutors. The number and quality of your individual posts will be assessable because they will reflect your engagement in the learning process, your understanding of the topic, and your ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team environment. 

Value: 20%

Estimated return date: Feedback ongoing

Rubric: Please refer to the course outline on Wattle

Assessment (i)

The Moot

During the Moot you will be given the question to address and then 2 hours to write a response as a team within an open, shared document. In real-time, submission of the document will be followed by a two hour period in which class members, the tutors and convenor can post questions in an open forum, that must be answered. The team has several hours grace in which answers are provided in that online forum. Assessment includes the document and the quality of responses to questions. Extra marks can also be assigned to students who ask questions 'from the floor'.  

Time limit: two hours response/writing time; two hours to receive questions, and an extra two hours to respond.

Penalties: 10% group penalty if you submit your written document late.

Value: 20%

Estimated return date: Feedback provided within one week

Rubric: Please refer to the course outline on Wattle

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 02/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 18/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


There is a formal examination for this course. The exam paper will comprise three (3) parts that reflect the three themes of the course (contexts of water use, contemporary issues of water management and moving into the future: the ‘how to’ of water management). 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 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5


Three short quizzes are linked to the Workshops in Weeks 9, 10 and 11. A series of questions relate to the issues covered in these workshops.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

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.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

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.

Late Submission

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.

Referencing Requirements

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.

Returning Assignments

Feedback on assignments is provided within Turnitin, 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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Sara Beavis
+61 2 6125 8138

Research Interests

Impacts of climate and land use (including agriculture, mining, forestry and peri-urbanisation) on catchment hydrology and water and sediment quality.

Dr Sara Beavis

Monday 09:30 11:30
Tuesday 09:30 11:30
Wednesday 09:30 11:30
Thursday 09:30 11:30
By Appointment
Dr Sara Beavis
+61 2 6125 4882

Research Interests

Dr Sara Beavis

Monday 09:30 11:30
Tuesday 09:30 11:30
Wednesday 09:30 11:30
Thursday 09:30 11:30
By Appointment
Meredith Hope

Research Interests

Meredith Hope

By Appointment
Nick Metherall
+61 2 6125 4882

Research Interests

Nick Metherall

By Appointment

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