Catchment and Water Resource Management


The management of inland water resources requires a holistic understanding of the basic ecology of freshwater systems, factors that impact water quality and the balance between water use by humans and maintenance of healthy aquatic habitats. In this course, students will examine ways to assess water and aquatic habitat quality and management of water resources. The course will include local and regional case studies and examples.



  • Semester 2 - 2015


  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. knowledge of the ecological principles underlying the management of freshwater systems

2. the ability to critically evaluate the current issues and challenges related to the management of freshwater resources

3. practical skills in freshwater habitat and water quality assessment including data collection, analyses and interpretation

4. the ability to clearly report findings and make evidence-based recommendations about the condition of aquatic habitats and water quality


  • Hydrological cycle and Australia's water resources
  • Key physical and chemical processes in running and standing waters
  • Basic ecology of running and standing waters
  • Ecological impacts of water development and water pollution
  • Methods for assessing water quality for ecological health and human consumption
  • Source water treatment and supply
  • Wastewater treatment, disposal and recycling
  • Urban stormwater management and water sensitive urban design
  • Policies and legislation for water management

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SRMT2030. Students who have successfully completed SRMT2030 are not eligible to enrol in ENVS2009.

Assumed Knowledge

ENVS1001 and (BIOL1002 or BIOL1050 or BIOL1070)

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Field Study: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - This course has a compulsory course component of a weekend field excursion. Students will be permitted to miss the excursion only in cases of documented adverse circumstances. Due to the need to book accommodation and organise field sampling eqiupment and academic staff to supervise the field activities, it will not be possible for students who miss the scheduled trip to participate in the activity at a later date. In these cases, students will be expected to conduct a more extensive literature review and develop an expanded methods section and discussion for the written report in lieu of participating in the trip.
  • Field Study: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement.

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 20 hour(s) per Term

Field study will include two compulsory excursions - one weekend; and one part-day trip.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks