Course Title: Develop and review catchment management plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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

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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

The following learning activities will be utilised:

  • lecture (40 hours)
  • classroom discussion (20 hours)
  • brain storming (10 hours)
  • video (4 hours)
  • guest speakers (3 hours)
  • field trips (20 hours)
  • computer simulation exercise (3 hours)

Teaching Schedule

MONDAY 9.30 – 12.30


Week 1 16/7/12    Introduction to unit.

                                What is a catchment?
                                History of water management in Victoria

Week 2 23/7/12   Fundamental processes of catchments

Week 3 30/7/12   Background to the Dandenong catchment

Week 4 6/8/12      Field Trip: Mid Catchment

Week 5 13/8/12    Field Trip: Upper Catchment

Week 6 20/7/12    Mid Catchment – rural uses, inputs and outputs

Week 7 27/8/12    Role of Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management 
                                Authority – Guest Speaker: Ian Morgans
                                Assessment 1 - Due

Week 8 3/9/12      Lower Catchment – the impact of development on catchment management

Week 9 10/9/12   Lower Catchment continued

Week 10 17/9/12  Detox a catchment - Lab prac (computer simulation exercise)


Week 11 1/10/12 CAMP

Week 12 8/10/12 Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) – Guest speaker

Week 13 15/10/12 Retro Fitting of Melbourne’s Stormwater

Week 14 22/10/12 Field Trip: Eastern Treatment Plant
                                  Assessment 2 due
Week 15 29/10/12 Class reviews catchment plans (Assessment task 3)

Week 16 5/11/12 No scheduled class


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be directed to use current reports and studies that are located on government websites, particulalrly, Melbourne Water, Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority, Waterwatch, EPA, Department Sustrainability and Environment ad Department Primary Industries.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1

ELEMENT 1: Prepare for catchment management.

Using the criteria listed below as a general guide, prepare a table that identifies and evaluates the main issues and requirements of the Dandenong catchment in relation to water quality and quantity. This assessment should be undertaken over the first 5 weeks of the course as we concentrate on the Dandenong Catchment. The evaluation should include an assessment of current condition and requirements that impact on the catchment area.
Catchment Management requirements:

- relevant legislation
- relevant strategies
- organisational needs

User and customer requirements:

- recreational users of the catchment area
- forestry and land management authorities
- farmers
- traditional land owners
- developers/home owners
- water consumers
- water authorities

Historical Catchment information:

- relevant hydrological information
- previous studies and risk assessments
- vegetation surveys
- geological data
- anecdotal information from local residents/landholders

Environmental factors:

- flora and fauna
- chemicals
- land degradation
- fire
- farming practices
- land use

Other issues:

- existence of known cultural sites
- land use patterns
- human activity


Assessment Task 2

ELEMENT 2: Develop the catchment management plan.

Work in groups of 3.
Using the knowledge that you have gained from theory and practical classes, along with the guidelines listed below, you are to develop a mini catchment management plan for one of the major reaches of the Dandenong Creek – Upper, Middle or Lower.

The plan should demonstrate the following:

• An understanding of underpinning knowledge related to catchments and their management.
• An understanding of setting goals and objectives using SMART methodology.
• The identification of stakeholder requirements that impact on management of the catchment.
• An understanding of the organisational objectives of Melbourne Water in relation to water quantity and quality.

The documented plan must follow the format set out below:

Description of the catchment – land and water resources and how they are used
Relevant History
Relevant legislation
Melbourne Water’s Organisational charter

Stakeholder requirements:
Who are the main stakeholders?
What are their needs?

Issues to be addressed:
Outline 2 issues that need to be addressed to effectively manage the catchment for water quality and quantity.

Goals and objectives:
Provide 2 goals along with objectives to achieve them for the catchment
The use of SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time bound) methodology must be evident

Provide an outline of how the goals and objectives will be implemented and who should be the responsible bodies

Monitoring and evaluation:
As outlined in your SMART targets – explain how the goals and objectives will be monitored.

Tables etc

NB: A formal meeting between student groups and the teacher will be scheduled during the semester to assess the development of their plan, group dynamics and to address any other issues arising.

Assessment Task 3

ELEMENT 3: Review and refine the management plan

Work in groups of 3.

You will be asked to review a management plan written by another group of students. You are to present your review to the class using a PowerPoint and oral presentation.

Your review should cover the following criteria:

• A review of the general layout and composition of the plan.
Is the layout clear and well written?

• A review of the goals and objectives of the plan in light of SMART target methodology
Are the goals and objectives clear? How well do they target the defined issues/problem?
Can the SMART methodology be applied to them?

• A review of the implementation methods.
How are the goal/objectives to be implemented? Is this realistic?
Should other avenues have been considered?

• Make recommendations for changes to goals, objectives and implementation processes.
Provide any ideas that might assist in refining goals, objectives and implementation of these.

• Provide constructive critique on any aspects of the plan.
Outline and justify positive aspects of the plan and areas that could be improved upon.


Assessment Matrix

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