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Land and Water Management (ENV554)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Examines sustainable land and water management with particular reference to Western Australia. Analyses climate, land and water resources, and deals with key threats to sustainable land and water management: climate change, altered water table levels, water contamination and soil degradation. Case studies from dryland and intensive agriculture, coastal and forested catchments will demonstrate key principles. Learning is through lectures (recorded and live), intensive workshops, problem solving practicals and student-delivered posters. Content complements that in environmental restoration, ecology and policy.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
Apply general principles of sustainable land and water management with particular reference to agricultural and forestry activities in the south-west Australian environment.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours equivalent per week; tutorials; practicals: equivalent of 1.5 hours per week.
Both Internal and External enrolled students should note that this unit has a compulsory week-long on-campus component. Due to the nature of offering this unit students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to the commencement date of the teaching period
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through lectures on six topics, a workshop on one of these topics and two practical classes held during the on-campus session designed as problem-solving exercises in land and water management. Each student will select a topic to review and prepare a poster that summarises their key learning and presents the key information about this topic that needs to be communicated. An open book exam, based on two prepared questions is designed to reinforce research skills and written communication skills.
Assessment Four types (and pieces) of formative assessment will be used. The practical classes undertaken during the on-campus session (Future Farm Business simulation; Whitby Falls farm study) will each have a written assessment. A topic relevant to Land and Water Management will be selected, reviewed and key learning captured in a poster submitted for assessment. The poster will be discussed by the class as well as being formally assessed. Finally, an open book exam will be scheduled based on two questions advised beforehand.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level (AQF level 8) course.
Exclusions Students who have completed ENV310/610 Land Management may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management (GradCertEnvAsstMan)
Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Master of Engineering (ME)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Richard Bell

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2370
e: R.Bell@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.045 - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Richard Bell

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2370
e: R.Bell@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.045 - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
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