Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Water Management explores the role of water in the context of agribusiness decision-making. The subject will be delivered in blended form comprising both online modules and intensive, block-mode delivery at the Mildura Campus. It draws on environmental and agribusiness industry expertise to explore key concepts underpinning water management in Australia, including fundamental hydrological, environmental and economic factors impacting sustainable management of water resources; the historic alignment of the development water resources and regional prosperity; and the current institutional and operational frameworks that influence water management decisions.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNick Bond

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in LBBAB or subject requires coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsStudents may be required to pay costs for the field trip, further details available from Instance Coordinator.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain and apply legal, cultural, biological and ethical considerations that constrain water use and protect water resources.
02. Effectively communicate scientific information in written and verbal formats to a variety of audiences.
03. Critically evaluate issues arising for agribusiness managers in a resource constrained future using knowledge of water resource management in Australia.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Mildura, 2021, Week 35-47, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole Thurgate

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 39 - 40
One 4.00 days field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 39 to week 40 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 39 - 40
One 4.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 39 to week 40 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Field work report (2,200-words). Hurdle Requirement: Students must achieve a minimum of 50% in order to pass the subject. Due four weeks after field trip

N/AReportIndividualYes45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Pre-field multiple choice quiz (1,000-words equivalent). Tests student understanding of three modules: (i) basic hydrology, (ii) water resource management, and (iii) water resource economics.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Annotated bibliography (500-words). Each group is requested to review up to 10 journal articles (dependent upon number of members in each group) and create an annotated bibliography for each article. The entire document is no more than 500 words (50 words for each article).

N/AOtherGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO3

Oral presentation (200-words equivalent). Oral presentations are delivered in groups on the penultimate day of the field trip.

N/AOral presentationGroupNo10 SILO2, SILO3