Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Under the pressures of global population growth and climate change, sustainable management of resources for public water supply is one of modern societys most critical and complex challenges. Central to the problem is the issue of water quality and the safety, operational and environmental implications of increasing contamination of natural water resources and aquatic systems. Building on foundation knowledge acquired in ENVS2009, ENVS3009 explores the key concepts, issues and latest science associated with modern management of water supply resources, including integrated supply strategies, key regulatory issues, emerging contaminants, advanced analytical techniques and key interrelationships between ecosystem function and water quality.

Via simulated exercises based on real world scenarios designed to develop technical and systems knowledge, students will perform authentic tasks and experience the challenges faced by water managers and researchers. Comprising coordinated lectures, field visit, practical activities, and workshops led by water industry professionals, this capstone water management course will equip students with the necessary skills for entry into water focused research and industry careers.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Integrate assessment of water quality risks and supply process knowledge to design an effective monitoring program;

2. Connect practical skills and theoretical knowledge to generate, analyse and interpret results of advanced water quality analyses;

3. Explain key relationships between ecosystem function, water quality and treatment implications in water storage systems;

4. Apply systems thinking to key catchment management challenges and develop an action plan;

5. Apply their skill set and present ideas in simulated professional workplace scenarios.


The topics to be covered include:

  1. Integrated supply strategies for sustainable water supply.
  2. Key regulatory issues for water resource managers.
  3. Modern approaches to catchment management.
  4. Emerging water quality issues and monitoring design.
  5. Advanced monitoring, analytical and water treatment technologies.
  6. 'Ecosystem/water quality' interrelationships in water storages.


Students must have successfully completed at least 120 units to enrol in this course.

To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 120 units of study at the undergraduate level.

Assumed knowledge

ENVS2009 Catchment and Water Resource Management

Assessment items

Project: Emerging contaminants and monitoring process design

Participation: Workshop Participation

Report: Lab Report

Formal Examination: Exam

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. - Students must attend Field Study visit as it will inform a large component of their assessment.
  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend at least 80% of Workshops in order to be eligible to pass the course. Due to time constraints and the availability of industry professionals, it will not be possible to re-attempt missed workshop sessions.

Contact hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 5


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

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.