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Postgraduate Course: Water Resource Management (PGGE11018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to enhance understanding of the multiple, multi-scale interconnections between water management, environmental and socioeconomic issues. In particular, it considers multidisciplinary approaches to water management problems. Examples and case studies will be used to illustrate the issues surrounding water management, drawing on perspectives from both the natural and social sciences.
Course description The following topics will be covered in the course:

1. Water strategy, planning and delivery - The Water Framework Directive
2. Market environmentalism and the governance of water
3. Water quality monitoring and measurement
4. Water and climate
5. Wetland ecosystem services
6. Quantifying river flow
7. Dams, development and human rights in Africa
8. Flood risk management in Scotland
9. Understanding and influencing household water demand in the UK
10. Water regulation and permitting - How to ensure water quality outcomes
11. Natural flood management - Field visit to Eddleston Water Project
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  48
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed by an essay (50%) and group project work (50%):

1. Essay of 2,500 words (50% of course mark):
"Examine, making use of water-related examples and case studies, the implementation of regulatory frameworks (e.g. EU Water Framework Directive) or scientific-technological approaches (e.g. equipment or decision-making tools) for water management. Your essay should clearly describe the purpose, the rationale, the results and the difficulties faced (e.g. from socioeconomic, environmental, technical and/or institutional perspectives)."

2. Project work in groups of 3 or 4 students; assessment by group presentation to class (25% of course mark) and individual 1,500-word essay (25% of course mark):
"Discuss achievements and failures of water data management (qualitative and quantitative data) and/or of the introduction of economic instruments for water management (e.g. charges, incentives, payment for ecosystem services, water markets, etc.) in a river basin of your choice."
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided on an outline (maximum of 500 words) of the 2,500-word essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the theory and practice of water management at international, national and local scales, and its multiple connections with environmental issues
  2. Understand hydrological, socioeconomic and environmental aspects of water management
  3. Apply critical thinking to case studies related to water management and development in Northern and Southern countries
Reading List
There is no textbook that covers the whole course. A specific reading list will therefore be provided each week. Wherever possible, readings will be made available to students online, via the web-based virtual learning environment, Learn.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Presentation skills
2. Group working skills
3. Interdisciplinary thinking
Additional Class Delivery Information 4 hour(s) per week for 11 week(s).
Keywordshydrology,water supply,water demand,regulation,case studies,integrated catchment management
Course organiserDr Carly Maynard
Tel: (0131 5)35 4064
Course secretaryMrs Elspeth Martin
Tel: 0131 535 4198
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