Course Title: Develop and review catchment management plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: CIVE5716C

Course Title: Develop and review catchment management plan

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5305 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sally Heeps

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are none

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

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include; lectures, class exercises, guest speakers and field trips.

Teaching Schedule

1. 13/02/15Introduction to Catchment Management
Catchment Management Authorities and Legislation
Land Uses within a Catchment
2. 20/02/15Introduction to land uses impacts on a catchment
Class work: Investigation of a CMA
3. 27/02/15How does water quality change?
Land use impacts
Point and diffuse pollution
Class work: ’Impact’ working sheets
4. 06/03/15Assessing water quality and riparian health
Assessment Task



Darebin creek catchment -
Characteristics and Customer requirements
 6. 20/03/15Land uses within Darebin creek catchment Alternate date for field trip
 7. 27/03/15Field Trip - Proposed date of field trip to Darebin Creek
Darebin catchment requirements
 8. 03/04/15No class – Good Friday Mid Semester Break
 9. 10/04/15Collecting Historical information
Introduction to Assessment Task 4 - ’Study and suggest management options for a Catchment’


Issues within Rural Catchments
Issues within Rural Catchments
Preparing for Rural Catchment Management
No class on Friday-5 day camp Monday 4th to Friday 8th May
Objectives of Management - case studies
Reviewing catchment management
Objectives of Management - case studies
Class Time allocated for Assessment Task 4: Study and suggest management options for a Catchment.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text but resources will be provided throughout the duration of course


Other Resources

  • Learning Material that can be accessed using myRMIT

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include field reports, assignments, project work and tests

Assessment Tasks

1.Task 1 – Quiz on Introduction to Catchments and water quality Quiz 10%

2.Task 2 – Understanding the Darebin Catchment (for preparation of a catchment management plan) Assignment including field work 20%

3.Task 3 – Study of a rural catchment - assessing management Product – written survey report 30%

4. Task 4,  Major Report – written survey report :40%

To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment/task (reports, assignments etc.) .

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (reports, assignments etc.) .
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.
APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.
For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination

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