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AGR227 Water Resource Management (8)

Abstract

Our terrestrial and aquatic environments, along with the Earth's atmosphere, comprise the essential components of our survival on this planet. The aim of this subject is to provide a general introduction to inland water environments from the following perspectives:

Water as an essential resource for all living things; including water as an environmental, economic and social resource;
The background to water and water resource use in Australia;
The fundamental physical, chemical and biological characteristics of inland fresh water environments;
The basic ecology of inland waters streams, lakes and wetlands;
The land:water link:interactions between land and water environments; land use and water quality; catchments;
Current issues in water resource management.

One of the important learning outcomes developed is to acquire skills in the measurement, monitoring and assessment of key parameters of inland water environments:physical, chemical and biological.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Rural Management

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to investigate and interpret issues and problems of water resource systems and describe the environmental significance of the total catchment management approach
Be able to outline the major features of the various types of water use/management systems, including domestic, agricultural and industrial systems
Be able to describe basic methods of measuring the principal physical, chemical and biological characteristics of inland waters
predict the effects of land use and management practices upon inland water resource systems
Be able to outline the legislative and administrative frameworks to water resource planning and management in Australia
Be able to critically discuss a selection of water resource management conflicts and issues in Australia
Be able to support the case for the environmentally sustainable planning and management of water resources.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
Environmental issues and sustainability of water resources: particularly the water cycle and the environmental consequences of water management Aquatic and riparian ecosystems: the nature of freshwater aquatic ecosystems, and knowledge tools to enable you to systematically analyse various aspects of river/wetland/river bank health including attributes such as water quality, macroinvertebrates, water plants and riparian vegetation Institutions and policies for water management: a brief history of water management and matters such as legislation, water pricing, and socio-economics of water and the current processes of water policy reform.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 18 October 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.