REGIONAL CATCHMENT STUDIES: RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT

OED2RCS

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject the water resources in Australia are examined at catchment scale and on a regional basis. The processes and properties of Australian surface water runoff, groundwater movement and water quality are examined, and the interrelationships between landform, land use and hydrology are explored. Particular emphasis is placed on properties of northern Victoria catchments. Specific topics to be examined include floodplain management, urban hydrology, river regulation, and interactions between shallow groundwater and surface land features. Principles of catchment management are introduced and several case studies of contrasting management strategies are detailed.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlistair Stewart

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Knowledge acquired from 30 credit points of first year subjects in Geography, Environmental Sciences and/or Earth Sciences is assumed.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWater: science and solutions for AustraliaRecommendedProsser, I.P. 2011CSIRO PUBLISHING

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand (a) the natural hydrological processes operating within a catchment, including the role of anthropological factors in altering the properties of a catchment, (b) Australian ground-water properties, particularly in limestone areas, and (c) current strategies to effectively manage catchments;

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and field work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)

02. Measure and interpret the health and water quality properties of streams across Australia;

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and field work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)

03. Identify and interpret karst environments anywhere across the world;

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and field work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)

04. Write reports based on observations and data collected on field trips complimented by material covered in lectures, tutorials and published literature

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and field work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)

05. Research and present an oral presentation on a catchment management case study

Activities:
Tutorial and field work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)

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