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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.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlistair Stewart

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials and field work

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Water: science and solutions for Australia

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorProsser, I.P.





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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days required8 days

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsStudents will complete 8 days of practical field experiences.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

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;
02. Measure and interpret the health and water quality properties of streams across Australia;
03. Identify and interpret karst environments anywhere across the world;
04. Write reports based on observations and data collected on field trips complimented by material covered in lectures, tutorials and published literature
05. Research and present an oral presentation on a catchment management case study

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