ENV BIOL 3012WT - Integrated Catchment Management III
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ENV BIOL 3012WT Course Integrated Catchment Management III Coordinating Unit School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week, including fieldwork Assumed Knowledge ENV BIOL 2502, SOIL&WAT 2005WT or AGRONOMY 2000ARW/BRW Course Description This course provides students with an understanding of ecological and hydrological processes governing catchment systems and concepts for the assessment and management of catchment systems. Catchments are characterised by their geology, soils, land use, hydrology and water quality. Management of catchments considers changed land use and vegetation, soil treatment, riparian wetlands, water quality management and environmental flows. A multidisciplinary team of lecturers jointly teach the course. Field practicals are conducted in rural and urban catchments.
Course Coordinator: Dr Friedrich Recknagel
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesSuccessful students will be able to:
1 Explain the impact of rain-fall patterns, land uses and vegetation on loadings of nutrients and organics from rural catchments to downstream lakes and reservoirs 2 Explain impact of soil properties and composition on retention of nutrients and organics in catchments 3 Advise on sustainable management options for site-specific catchments 4 Promote ecological service functions of riparian vegetation, reed beds and environmental flows in catchments 5 Promote use of constructed wetlands for nutrient retention and flood pulse control 6 Measure, analyse and interpret soil and water quality data of rural and urban catchments 7 Visualise spatio-temporal catchment data by GIS 8 Model flow and nutrient loadings from catchments by the Soil and Water Analysis Tool SWAT 9 Communicate socio-economic and environmental issues of integrated catchment management.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6,7,8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,3,9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7,8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 9 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 9
Recommended ResourcesCooke et al. 1993. Restoration and management of lakes and reservoirs. CRC Press
Giupponi et al (eds), 2006. Sustainable management of water resources. An integrated approach. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
Kalff J 2002 Limnology Inland Water Ecosystems Prentice-Hall Inc, NJ 074586
Klapper, H., 1989. Control of eutrophication in inland waters. New York, Ellis Horwood
Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website(http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents will carry out individual assignments on catchment management concepts based on thefield practical and literature reviews.
The assessment of the course will be based on the exam paper (40%), assignment (35%), seminars(10%) and practical reports (15%).
Daily lectures from 9 am – 12 pm in the McLeod Lecture Theatre (lecture room 1) at the Charles Hawker Centre, 9 Waite Campus, Waite Road, Glen Osmond SA 5064
Daily practicals from 1 – 5 pm either in the Soil and Computer Laboratories, Waite Campus, Waite Road, Glen Osmond SA 5064 or at catchment field sites
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required for the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week Type of learning activity Topic Week 1 Lecture Global and local water reserves, water footprint and catchment ecosystems Week 2 Lecture
Assessment of land use in catchments
Land use in the Cox Creek watershed
Week 3 Lecture
Soil structure and degradation
Assessment of soil properties in the Cox Creek watershed
Week 4 Lecture Soil related catchment issues Week 5 Lecture Stream, wetland and riparian habitats in catchments Week 6 Lecture Assessment of stream water quality in catchments Week 7 Lecture
Hydrology and nutrient budget of the Cox Creek watershed
Field practical on stream water quality in the Cox Creek watershed
Week 8 Lecture
Catchment scale data analysis using GIS I
Computer Practical: data preparation for Cox Creek watershed
Week 9 Lecture
Catchment scale data analysis using GIS II
Computer Practical: data analysis for Cox Creek watershed
Week 10 Lecture
Catchment scale modelling by SWAT
Computer simulation of nutrient loadings of the Cox Creek watershed by SWAT
Week 11 Lecture
Tutorial or other activity
Management of eutrophication, salinisation andenvironmental flows in rural catchments
Panel session on catchment management in practice with representatives of catchment boards and SA Water
Week 12 Lecture
Management of stormwater in urban catchments
Field Practical at the Greenfield and Parafield stormwater harvesting wetlands
Catchment management planning
Catchment management scenarios for the Cox Creek catchment
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Assessment Task Task Type Hurdle Weighting Learning Outcome Practical reports Formative/ Summative
15% 6,7,8 Assignment Formative/ Summative No 35% 3,4,5,9 Seminar Formative/ Summative No 10% 3,4,5,9 Exam Summative No 40% 1,2,3,4,5
Assessment DetailThere are three forms of assessment, a written examination, practical reports and an assignment with seminar. The examination will be 2 hours. The assignment will be in the form of a scientific paper.
The assignment may either be written up individually or as a group. Where a report is written as a group all members of the group will receive the same mark.
Practical Reports: land use and soil analysis, land use and stream water quality analysis, data visualisation by GIS
Assignments: Students will carry out individual assignments on catchment management concepts based on the field practical and literature reviews. The assignment of 2,000 words will be in the form of a scientific paper.
Exam: this will be a 2 hour exam
Seminar: 10 minutes presentations of the assignment
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be
applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an
approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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