EVST19023 - Water Resource Management
Term 1 - 2017


All details in this unit profile for EVST19023 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student). The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction included in the profile.

Overview

On completion of this unit, students will have an understanding of the basic relationships between catchment health, water quality and ecosystem health in receiving waters. Students should be able to explain the major threats to water quality and the ways to monitor and manage those threats through the monitoring of physical, chemical and biological parameters and through the preparation of water quality assessment plans. Students must attend a compulsory residential school or on-campus lab classes in order to achieve the leaning outcomes.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: ENVR11012 Applications of Environmental Science Or CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Some students were not familiar with chemistry equipment and glassware. Feedback in lab sessions. More information will be provided before the residential school on basic chemical equipment and glassware for students without a strong background in chemistry.
Students would like to see a stronger industry focus in the course. Moodle course evaluation. Although the course is based around the requirements of industry, consultation with industry will be continued to see if changes need to be made.
Students found the residential school a valuable learning experience. Moodle course evaluation. The residential school will continue to be a part of the course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the basic relationships between catchment health, water quality and end of catchment health
  2. Describe the major threats to instream and coastal water quality and the effects of land based pollutants on ecosystem health
  3. Explain the important physico-chemical and biological indicators of water quality and their application
  4. Discuss different management strategies to reduce diffuse and point source pollutants
  5. Apply appropriate standards and national guidelines, interpret data and results when designing a water quality assessment plan
  6. Work with others to assess water quality and ecosystem health in aquatic systems

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination      

Corrections

Date Updated Information
15-Feb-2017 11:47

The residential school for this unit is from 8th to 10th May 2017 and not the dates that appear in the Schedule of the Unit Profile.

For residential school dates always refer to the link to the Residential School Timetable in the General Information section of the Unit Profile.

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLarelle Fabbro (l.fabbro@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Hydrological cycle, water quality guidelines and environmental values

Study Guide Section 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Chemistry of water

Study Guide Section 2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Water pollutants and their sources

Study Guide Section 3

Week 4 27-03-2017

Project design, monitoring,quality assurance and reporting

Study Guide Section 4

Week 5 03-04-2017

Microbiology of water

Study Guide Section 5

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Microbiology of water (cont.) and Microbiological Standards

Study Guide Section 5 & 6

Water Monitoring Plan Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017 Water and wastewater treatment

Study Guide Section 7

Week 8 01-05-2017 Integrated habitat assessment
Study Guide Section 8
Week 9 08-05-2017

Residential School 10th - 12th May

Week 10 15-05-2017

Management of water resources

Study Guide Section 9

Week 11 22-05-2017

Catchment management

Study Guide Section 10

Week 12 29-05-2017

Review and exam preparation

Residential School Report Due Monday (29 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Water Monitoring Plan
Task Description

Design a monitoring plan for the waterway that is described in detail on the Moodle site. Identify the environmental stressors present in the system and discuss the field parameters and laboratory analyses that are relevant to them. Briefly describe how you would ensure your samples are representative and accurate, and mention any health and safety issues that may be associated with the specific waterway.

Maximum 2000 words

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Discussion of the environmental values and water quality issues (30%)

Appropriate choice of parameters and analyses (30%)

Appropriate quality control and safety procedures (25%)

Clear writing style in correct English, accurate referencing, appropriate length and format (15%)

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit as .rtf, .doc or .docx files only

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Explain the important physico-chemical and biological indicators of water quality and their application

4. Discuss different management strategies to reduce diffuse and point source pollutants

5. Apply appropriate standards and national guidelines, interpret data and results when designing a water quality assessment plan

6. Work with others to assess water quality and ecosystem health in aquatic systems

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Residential School Report
Task Description

Students are required to complete a report sheet based on the residential school activities.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (12-Jun-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment will be marked on the completion and correctness of the answers in the report sheet

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Students need to upload an electronic copy of the workbook and associated excel files into Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the basic relationships between catchment health, water quality and end of catchment health

2. Describe the major threats to instream and coastal water quality and the effects of land based pollutants on ecosystem health

3. Explain the important physico-chemical and biological indicators of water quality and their application

4. Discuss different management strategies to reduce diffuse and point source pollutants

5. Apply appropriate standards and national guidelines, interpret data and results when designing a water quality assessment plan

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the basic relationships between catchment health, water quality and end of catchment health

2. Describe the major threats to instream and coastal water quality and the effects of land based pollutants on ecosystem health

3. Explain the important physico-chemical and biological indicators of water quality and their application

4. Discuss different management strategies to reduce diffuse and point source pollutants

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence


© 2017 CQUniversity
Page generated by apps-prod-01.cqu.edu.au at Wed Apr 26 12:14:08 AEST 2017