EVST19023 - Water Resource Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this unit, you will have an understanding of the basic relationships between catchment health, water quality and ecosystem health in receiving waters. You will be able to explain the major threats to water quality and the ways to monitor and manage those threats through the monitoring of physical, chemical and biological parameters and through the preparation of water quality assessment plans. You must attend a compulsory residential school as part of this unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: 24 credit points. 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 35%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Online Test 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 33.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Unit Evaluation
Students requested some information on the role of artificial wetlands in water treatment. Reflecting student interest in specific aspects of water treatment.
To improve the learning experience, students should be given opportunities to communicate specific areas of interest that they have in water resource management at the outset of the term, perhaps through a survey/form. Teaching staff should then seek to include some content to address these specific areas of interest.
Action Taken
This was not undertaken this year nor was there a request for it from the students. However, a survey/form can be developed and posted for students in the welcome section of moodle during orientation week/week 1 starting 2024 onwards.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation
Students found the unit content, structure and level of teaching support very helpful.
Maintain weekly drop in sessions for students and continue to implement review questions.
Action Taken
Weekly tutorials with review questions were held, however, participation rates were low with none to only one student (typically one or two of the same students) attending online tutorial sessions.
Source: Student feedback (unrecorded, verbal) and direct evidence of assessment completion rates.
Water Resource Management Plan assessment item was hard to complete.
Update weekly tutorial to include Q&A feedback and demonstrations on how to start and complete aspects of the assignment e.g. how to fill out the risk assessment form (examples but no answers to be provided).
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Improve organisation of learning material.
Review order of weekly content. Typically, content is made available a few weeks in advance so students can access important information to complete aspects of their assignments, etc. However, we are confined by the timing of holidays and the intensive residential school period as to when and how this content is delivered.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic relationships between catchment health, water quality and end of catchment health
  2. Describe the major threats to instream and coastal water quality and the effects of land based pollutants on ecosystem health
  3. Explain the important physico-chemical and biological indicators of water quality and their application
  4. Discuss different management strategies to reduce diffuse and point source pollutants
  5. Apply appropriate standards and national guidelines, interpret data and results when designing a water quality assessment plan
  6. Work with others to assess water quality and ecosystem health in aquatic systems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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