Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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

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

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

4. 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


This course replaces SRMT2030. If you have successfully completed SRMT2030 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ENVS1001 and BIOL1002 and BIOL1003 (or BIOL1070)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practical Exercises

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Field Study: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - This course has a compulsory course component of a full day field excursion. Students will be permitted to miss the excursion only in cases of documented adverse circumstances. Due to the need to book transport 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

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Field study will include a full day field trip offered on two days. Students will chose one of those days.


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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.