Course Title: Catchment Management and Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Catchment Management and Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Dr Annie Bolitho

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 3439

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no prerequisites for the course. Knowledge of natural resource management issues and processes will be an advantage but is not a requirement. Essay writing capability will be an advantage.

Course Description

The course introduces you to the concept of of a catchment. It provided a framework for identifying and analysing the major environmental, social, economic, cultural and land-use changes and forces which are impacting on catchments. An important element in catchment planning and management is to be able to determine the condition of the catchment and to determine what factors are contributing to the changing condition of the catchment. The course also examines the relevant legislation that applies to catchment management and how that links with the planning and environmental system and the operation of planning schemes and local government planning at both a strategic and statutory planning level. Catchment management is emerging as one of the most important recent organisational and structural reforms in natural resource management. Victoria is at the leading edge in the preparation of regional catchment strategies and the administrative arrangements to plan and manage at a catchment level. There is increasing integration between natural resource management, integrated catchment management and strategic and statutory planning at the regional and local government level.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In the course you will be able to: develop knowledge and skills in relation to catchment management and planning and how to apply these to natural resource management and the delivery of the Victorian planning and environmental management system; define the purposes and uses of catchment management and land-use planning through the operation of relevant legislation, and examine the development and implementation of specific catchment strategies and actions on the ground. These skills have particular application in planning and environmental assessment in order to prepare students for workplace situations.

Participants will gain an understanding of the complex natural resources issues occurring in regional and urban catchments. They will learn about the way catchment management is organized in Victoria and will have the opportunity to learn about the current issues that are confronting natural resource planners and managers including the implications of government policies on water and urban growth.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will attend four workshop sessions as well as a one-day field trip and a one-day conference where you will be exposed to a range of experts from relevant agencies and organisations.

Overview of Learning Resources

A reading pack will be provided in the first workshop session. Other materials will be provided through the course website.

Overview of Assessment

You will be able to prepare assessment tasks with a total word length or equivalent of 5,000 words.