Water Resources Management

Module summary

Module code: ENVI1177
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Module Coordinator(s): Pamela Katic



• To present the detailed components of the hydrological cycle and its role in controlling water resources;
• To show the role of water in human health, water economics and water conflict;
• To analyse impacts of land and water management on water quantity and quality
• To explore management strategies for water resources, water treatment and re-use;
• To illustrate concepts and methods of water management using case studies from both the developing and developed world.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this Module a student will be able to:

1. Critically reflect on the complex interplay between people, climate, land, water and economic development in water resource management.
2. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of water resource management issues, including origins, impacts and management interventions in both rural and urban settings.
3. Integrate information from a range of disciplines into a comprehensive picture of a water resource management issue.
4. Apply a range of methods for tackling water resource management problems.

Indicative content

1. Water cycle fundamentals;
2. River basins and their development: an (eco) system approach;
3. Financial and economic dimensions affecting water use, law and institutions for water management and quality (including groundwater and fisheries);
4. Water and health, potable water and wastewater treatment;
5. Managing water demands; lessons learned and national priorities
6. Ecological and water footprints and virtual water