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Unit information: Integrated Catchment Management in 2015/16

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Unit name Integrated Catchment Management
Unit code CENGM0025
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Howden
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

In this unit students will develop a thorough understanding of the concept of integrated catchment management, and will learn how to examine how the different stakeholder needs can be met through an appropriate policy and planning framework. This will particularly focus on the process by which River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) are produced and updated.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills to be able to: highlight the problems that exist in developing countries due to inadequate water supply or sanitation services; identify future water, sanitation and health (WASH) challenges that face the people in these countries; design solutions to these challenges.

This unit comprises definitions and descriptions of: past, current and future water resources, demands and uses and allocation for humans and the environment; resulting water pollution issues and conflicts at local, regional and national levels; and the development of UK and EU river basin water policy and legislation. It also includes: a global overview of levels of WASH provision and an outline of the associated infections; a description of the social, cultural and economic aspects of water and sanitation; an outline of institutional and organizational frameworks in the WASH sector.

This unit will be taught by leading practitioners in the area of catchment management with support from Environment Agency staff.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, the successful student will be able to:

O3.1 describe the issues affecting water resource allocation, development, utilisation, protection and abstraction control;

O3.2 critically evaluate existing procedures for water resources management and water pollution prevention and control and formulate improvements;

O3.3 contextualise the sustainable management of water resources within the wider aims of catchment management;

O3.4 discuss the complex socio-cultural, geo-political and socio-economic factors affecting water resources and sanitation management in developing countries;

O3.5 explain, in detail, the relationship between sanitation and health, synthesizing viewpoints from experts in biology, water engineering and environmental policy implementation;

O3.6 critically appraise procedures for planning, design and implementation of appropriate water supply, excreta, wastewater and refuse management systems.

Teaching Information

The teaching in this unit comprises formal lectures, seminars and group work.

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed (70%) by coursework (a 3000-5000 word assignment relating to part of the unit, but which requires further reading and research), and (30%) from in-unit coursework assessment. Formative assessment/feedback is provided throughout the unit from group work and presentations.

Reading and References

Quevauviller, P, P. Borchers, U. and Thompson, C. (2008). The Water Framework Directive: ecological and chemical status monitoring, Wiley: Chichester, 0470518367

Chapman, D. (1996) Water Quality Assessments: A guide to the use of biota, sediments and water in environmental monitoring, 2nd edition, CRC Press, 0419216006

Scott, J. (2009) Environmental Protection, OUP, 0199565171

Tucker, J., Ludi, E. and Calow, R. (2013) Achieving Water Security: Lessons from research in water supply, sanitation and hygiene in Ethiopia, Practical Action Publishing, 1853397644

Banerjee, S.G. and Morella, E. (2010) Africa’s Water and Sanitation Infrastructure, World Bank Publications, 082138470