Contemporary Issues in Water Management

Course code ENVS6560Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Water is the most important resource in the world. The importance of a safe water supply and effective sanitation systems are paramount to maintaining public health standards in both developed and developing countries. With increasing population pressures and industrial and agricultural development, the prevention of water pollution and the management of water resources are increasingly important everywhere. Large-scale centralised supply, distribution and treatment systems (including dams, reservoirs, pipe networks and treatment plants) have evolved to satisfy increasing water demand in many parts of the world. However, many of these centralised systems are struggling to meet water demand from an ever increasing population in an unpredictable climate.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. have an understanding of the natural water cycle and how our water and wastewater infrastructure have impacted on the natural water cycle; and identify the major contemporary issues facing water resource management in Australia. Knowledge acquired over the duration of this course will provide the student with valuable insight into the sustainable development of water and wastewater infrastructure in Australia.
ContentTopics will include:
- The Natural Water Cycle
- Changes to the natural water cycle
Urban
Agricultural
- Water resources
Surface water
Groundwater
- Water and wastewater systems
Centralised (water trinity)
Decentralised (source control measures)
Desalination and wastewater reuse
- Water pollution
Contaminant sources
Contaminant export from different landuses
Impact of water quality on environmental resilience
- Water reform
Legislation and policy
Economic strategy for sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure
- Managing water resources in Australia
Providing solutions for sustainable water use
Case studies and further readings
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Integrated Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Completion of online modules relating to lecture materials and directed readings.
Presentations - IndividualPresentation of major directed research project.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Student Projects: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENVS6560