Contemporary Issues in Water Management

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

On 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.

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
Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching Methods Case Study
Integrated Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Other: (please specify) - Completion of online modules relating to lecture materials and directed readings.
  • Presentations - Individual - Presentation of major directed research project.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: 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
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ENVS6560

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