Course Title: Develop and review catchment management plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: CIVE5716C

Course Title: Develop and review catchment management plan

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5161 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Robyn Allan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254932

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program co-ordinator: Judi McCann

Tel: 9925 8366

Nominal Hours: 100

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to develop and review catchment management plans that impact on water yield and/or quality.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

NWP513B Develop and review catchment management plan


1 Prepare for catchment management.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and interpret catchment management requirements.
1.2 Identify and evaluate user and customer requirements that impact on the catchment area.
1.3 Gather historical catchment information and evaluate as input to the planning process.
1.4 Identify, interpret and assess water quality and quantity requirements.
1.5 Identify and interpret environmental factors and other relevant issues that impact on the catchment area.


2. Develop the catchment management plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify, interpret and validate stakeholder requirements that impact on the catchment area.
2.2 Review and clarify organisational objectives and key performance indicators for the catchment management plan.
2.3 Develop a catchment management plan.


3. Review and refine the catchment management plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess data from the ongoing implementation of the catchment management plan and use to inform the review of the plan.
3.2 Review objectives of the management and implementation plans.
3.3 Make recommendations for changes to objectives and implementation procedures.
3.4 Provide advice and guidance to catchment area users and stakeholders

Learning Outcomes

This is a competency based program

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include lectures, field trips and guest speakers, with emphasis on the Yarra Catchment and its management as a case study. 

Teaching Schedule


What is a catchment?

History of water management in Victoria.

215/2/11Fundamental process of catchments
322/2/11Background to the Yarra Catchment
41/3/10Field Trip -  Upper Yarra Catchment
58/3/11Field Trip - Mid Yarra Catchment
615/3/11Mid-catchment - rural uses, inputs and outputs 

The role of Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management 

Assessment 1 Due

829/3/11Case study - North Central CMA
95/4/11Lower  Yarra Catchment
1012/4/11Detox a catchment prac
1119/4/11Water sensitive urban design




Assessment 2 Due

123/5/112nd year camp - Haywood
1310/5/11Retro fitting of Melbourne’s Stromwater
1417/5/11Field Trip: Western Treatment Plant

Class presentations

Assessment 3


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Links to resources have been placed on blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

Thassessment for this course will include assignments, group projects and reports

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - Prepare a Catchment Management Plan Matrix  (25%)

Assessment 2 - Develop a mini catchment management plan for the Upper, Middle or Lower Yarra (45%)

Assessment 3 - Review and refine a management plan and class presentation (30%) 

Assessment Matrix

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