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 course 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

Teaching and learning activity

Material will be delivered in lectures, supplemented by in-class discussions and workshop activities based on case studies.


Method of SUMMATIVE assessment: Essay
Outcomes assessed: 1-4
Grading Mode (e.g. pass/ fail; %): %
Weighting % : 50%
Passmark: 40%
Word Length: 2,000
Outline Details: Critical evaluation of a water management problem.

Method of SUMMATIVE assessment: Seminar
Outcomes assessed: 1-4
Grading Mode (e.g. pass/ fail; %): %
Weighting % : 50%
Passmark: 40%
Word Length: n/a
Outline Details: 15 min. presentation to ‘policymakers’ on solution(s) to problem identified in Essay.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
In-class discussions, workshop activities, role play and group presentations.