Course Title: Develop a water quality monitoring program

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5418 Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Course Title: Develop a water quality monitoring program

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 120

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


530T Built Environment and Sustainability

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2022,
Term1 2023

Course Contact: Thierry Demathieu

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8359

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to establish requirements for monitoring water quality and developing a program to monitor water quality in a given site. This includes carrying out water monitoring activities and evaluating program effectiveness.

The course applies to individuals working in the role of manager concerned with gathering information for land or water management purposes, which may include consultation with specialists such as hydrologists and hydrographers. They also analyse information and exercise judgement to complete their duties with a deep knowledge in water management. They have accountability for the work of others and analyse, design and communicate solutions to a range of complex problems.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

AHCNRM510 Develop a water quality monitoring program


1. Determine water quality monitoring program requirements

2. Undertake a site analysis

3. Plan monitoring program

4. Monitor water quality

5. Evaluate program

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written tasks. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.