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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 provide an insight to the breadth of challenges and processes involved in water management. It will 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 resource challenges
2. Water quality and quantity
3. Catchments management tools
4. Water governance
5. Practical examples of water management on a range of scales
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 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
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 a policy brief (50%):

1. Essay on existing management strategie
2. Policy brief on specific water issue and management options

Main Essay: Friday of Week 05
Policy brief: Friday of Week 11

Feedback Formative feedback will be provided on an outline (maximum of 300 words) of the 2,000-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 single text that covers the whole course. Specific guided reading will therefore be provided each week. However, one of the underlying concepts of the course, Integrated Water Resource Management, can be studied from the following text and the following should be considered as starting points for reading:
1. Grigg, N.S., 2016. Integrated water resource management: an interdisciplinary approach. Springer.
2. Barbier, E., 2019. The Water Paradox: Overcoming the Global Crisis in Water Management. Yale University Press.

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 secretaryMs Jennifer Gumbrell
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