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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 should 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 or on-campus lab classes in order to achieve the leaning outcomes.

Details

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

Prerequisites: ENVR11012 Applications of Environmental Science Or CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences

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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2021 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 25%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 25%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Examination 50%

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

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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 feedback
Feedback
Students found the residential school and associated assessment very helpful
Recommendation
The residential school, including the changes made this offering to increase the emphasis on water sampling, will be retained
Action Taken
There was increased emphasis upon water sampling including government and legal requirements related to this.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Students would like to see the material most relevant to the first assessment item delivered earlier in the unit
Recommendation
The unit content will be rearranged so the material on water monitoring plans comes earlier in the unit
Action Taken
The water monitoring plan was moved to the front of the unit. Given the adverse feedback in terms of student understanding of the requirements, rearrangement to earlier in the unit should be reconsidered. Without the general information that is learnt as part of this unit, the student understanding of the task at hand is made far more difficult.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Students would like to see more practical information about preparing a water monitoring plan for the first assessment item
Recommendation
The information on preparing water monitoring plans will be reviewed
Action Taken
More practical information was included in relation to water monitoring plans and the assignment details were modified to align easily with government information on the web. Additional Zoom tutorials were also included.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The field trip was enjoyed by students. They found it interesting and good mix of topics. Students also appreciated the hands on experience with equipment used in industry.
Recommendation
Retain current workplace applicable elements of field trip and hands on experience with equipment for all students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The students found the material presented was industry relevant.
Recommendation
With each offering, update the unit to align with modern knowledge, techniques and skills required in industry.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The students found the examination revision sessions helpful.
Recommendation
Continue with revision tutorials prior to the examination.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The students considered that residential school could have been more organised.
Recommendation
There is a standard schedule for the residential school and collaboration with local government organizations for various field trips. Whilst every attempt is made to reorganise around adverse weather events, the short time frame of the residential school and the organization required with other authorities does not make for easy modification. Continue with current residential school organization and explain in detail to students why some last minute changes may be required to suit weather conditions and fieldwork.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The students found the positioning of the water monitoring plan at the beginning of the semester difficult as it included information that had not encountered earlier.
Recommendation
The first assignment requires a steep learning curve from students. The recommendation and feedback that the water monitoring plan should be placed at the beginning of the semester should be reconsidered. There was a better feedback response from students in previous years when the water monitoring plan was positioned later in the semester.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 - Examination
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Examination
3 - Practical Assessment