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 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% 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: Moodle unit evaluation and in class feedback at the Residential School.
The timing of the water monitoring plan, which is the first assessment item, was discussed with all students. Whilst the initial course evaluation from one student suggested moving this to the end of the term, this topic was raised and discussed by the entire class at the residential school. The class consensus was that the assessment timing was very well distributed leaving time for the remaining assessment items, residential school and examination study.
The Residential School has been moved to earlier in the term allowing for the first assignment to be due later in the term.
Action Taken
The water monitoring plan was moved to later in the term.
Source: Class feedback at Residential School
The end of term online examination was difficult in terms that it was not material that could be directly copied and required the analysis of problems. It did make sense as being completely relevant to the unit and unit outcomes.
Retain the types of questions used in the end of term online examination.
Action Taken
The question types in the end of term online test were retained.
Source: Class feedback at Residential School.
The four hours was needed in order to type responses in the end of term online examination rather than write them in a three hour written examination. The number of questions should be reduced so that the end of term online examination takes three hours in line with other courses.
Reduce the number of questions so that the end of term online examination should be fully completed online in three hours.
Action Taken
The number of questions was reduced in the end of term online test.
Source: Class feedback at Residential School
Having the end of term online examination open for the week allows shift workers in industry to complete the assessment on their days off.
Keep online end of term online examination available for a week so that workers on intensive shifts in industry are not disadvantaged.
Action Taken
The online test was available for five days with rotating sets of questions within the question bank. A specific time was set for the test although students could opt for other times if they were disadvantaged by a work roster or problems with internet connections.
Source: Student feedback using the red button.
Although the location in the Water Monitoring Plan was hypothetical there was confusion with a real creek by that name.
Reword the description of the precise fictional location in the assignment so that it is not confused with any real location of that name. However, at the same time students should be directed to use the Water Quality Objectives of actual wider regions for the comparison against guidelines.
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
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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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