Course Title: Sustainable water management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable water management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1266

City Campus

Postgraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2006

ARCH1266

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

ARCH1266

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013

ARCH1280

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

ARCH1280

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Brian Coffey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3351

Course Coordinator Email: brian.coffey@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course provides you with an introduction to integrated water cycle management, which is a whole of systems approach for managing water that draws together understandings of how water flows through catchments, and of community and environmental requirements for the resource. One of the most pressing issues facing humanity today is the need to ensure that our growing population has access to freshwater and this course considers opportunities to achieve this. In addition to exploring rural dimensions of water use and management, you will investigate initiatives that are undertaken in urban environments to promote water sensitive cities, such as water sensitive urban design. You will also consider how legislation and policy can be used to manage water in both urban and non-urban environments.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  • Course learning outcomes [CLO]:

    CLO1. Identify how water moves around catchments and key catchment stakeholders and evaluate how human activities will impact on catchment processes;

    CLO2. Critically evaluate alternative water supply sources;

    CLO3. Compare and contrast the different approaches to water sensitive urban design; and

    CLO4. Critically reflect on the status of urban and non-urban water systems and of the management tools and policy responses currently employed in Victoria.

     


This course delivers the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to develop creative solutions to a range of complex problems that currently confront our built and natural environments
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments in urban planning, policy and management, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and your scholarly and professional practice

Apply a range of communication and management skills to engage effectively in interdisciplinary teams and with diverse stakeholder groups in a range of contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

There are four main items of assessment: 1) a concept paper of 1000 words focused on a written critical discussion of the concept of sustainable water management (20%) [CLO1]; 2) a mini-conference and field trip participation and reflections on exposure to a range of concepts, issues and challenges, and ways of responding in sustainable water management (10%) [CLO2]; 3) a group report and presentation which evaluates sustainable water management in a chosen case-study location (30%) [CLO3]; and 4) a major research paper/ essay of 2000 words that requires critical engagement with a major problem or issue in the area of sustainable water management (40%) [CLO4].

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca