The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

ENVS6560

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

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 and 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.


Availability

Online

  • Trimester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


Content

Topics 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


Assumed knowledge

Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.


Assessment items

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Online Learning Activity: Completion of online modules

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal


Contact hours

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lectures are Online. Research and directed readings on specific topics.

Self-Directed Learning

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lectures are Online. Research and directed readings on specific topics. Directed research project appropriate to the context of the student and professional desires (equivalent of 3 hrs per week for 10 weeks)

Workshop

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

Directed research project appropriate to the context of the student and professional desires (equivalent of 3 hrs per week for 10 weeks)