Hydrology and Catchment Management

Subject 207-339 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours lectures and 26 hours practical time
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Leon Bren
Subject Overview:

On completion of this subject students should have a detailed understanding of the hydrologic cycle and its impact on society, be familiar with the possible changes in water values that can be changed by land management, and the costs and benefits of such changes to society, be aware of the hydrologic, social, political, and economic factors involved in matters of catchment management, and have some feeling for the level of inaccuracy involved in hydrologic measurements.

Content includes:

  • hydrologic cycle and 'randomness' inherent in it;

  • surface water flows and surface water modelling;

  • groundwater flow and groundwater modelling;

  • water quality and its measurement;

  • impacts of land use on water quality and quantity;

  • salinity and its impacts on native rivers and streams;

  • principles of catchment management;

  • questions of water rights and water trading;

  • water use conflicts and their resolution;

  • restoration hydroecology; and

  • long-term variations in stream flow.

The subject will draw heavily on Australian examples, and will involve an overnight excursion to the River Murray area.

Assessment: One 3-hour examination (60% of final mark) and two essays, each of 3000 words (each essay 20% of final mark). Participation in a number of non-assessable exercises.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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Related Course(s): Bachelor of Natural Resource Management
Bachelor of Natural Resource Management
Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science

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