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Integrated Water Catchment Management

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Overview

Integrated Water Catchment Management is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

With global climate change and more extreme weather conditions, water catchments have never been under more pressure, and professionals with skills in their management are in high demand.

Catchment management involves the integration of sound biophysical information with social and economic analysis. This is used to achieve the best outcomes for a catchment's natural resources and the people who live and work there.

Students studying this major will look into the functioning of catchments and the constraints to improving catchment management; particularly, how these constraints can be eased.

Integrated Water Catchment Management is appropriate for professionals working in soil and water regulation, land management, and conservation in the private and public sectors.

The major is suitable for students with a first degree in physical science, life science, social science, engineering, forestry, horticulture or agriculture. Professional geologists, natural resource scientists and managers who wish to gain advanced knowledge of catchment management strategies in urban and rural environments would also benefit from studies in this field.

Students can expect to find employment in regulatory agencies, local and state government authorities, environmental consulting companies, and industries concerned with land development, recreation and tourism.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:

  • Knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability, including:
    • Specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field
    • Knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures
    • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry
  • Skills for collaborative and creative problem solving in environmental practice, including:
    • Ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge
    • Ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change
    • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences
    • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams
    • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation
  • Demonstrated capacity to:
    • Exercise well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in an environmental discipline or professional field
    • Plan and execute a substantial project in an area of environmental research or practice

Upon successful completion of the Integrated Water Catchment Management specialisation, students will be able to:

  • Analyse the biophysical, social and economic factors that influence the functioning of water catchments.
  • Propose strategies for improving the functioning of water catchments; and
  • Collaborate with professionals from across disciplines and sectors to contribute to integrated water catchment management

Structure

200 credit points

Students will be required to complete the two core subjects, plus choose three subjects from the compulsory specialisation subject list. Students in the 200 point pathway must also take at least 12.5 points of subjects from the compulsory capstone subjects – these subjects enable students to complete an independent project related to professional scholarship or practice in integrated catchment management. Students in the 100 point pathway will not normally be required to complete this component. Students must also undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Integrated Water Catchment Management major coordinator. More information about this stream can be found here:

http://environment.unimelb.edu.au/study/specialisations/integrated-water-catchment-management

Subject Options

Core subjects

Students must take the following core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MULT90005 Interdisciplinarity and the Environment
March
Semester 2
12.5
MULT90004 Sustainability Governance and Leadership
March
July
12.5

Specialisation Subjects

Students must complete three of the following subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AGRI90066 Soil Science and Management
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90028 Monitoring Environmental Impacts
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90003 Integrated River & Catchment Management
Semester 1
12.5
GEOL90005 Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90025 Water Sensitive Urban Design
February
12.5
CVEN90019 Sustainable Water Resources Systems
Semester 1
12.5

Compulsory Capstone Experience

Students must complete at least 12.5 points from the following compulsory capstone subjects - please note that if you select either a 25 or 50 point research project that spreads across two semesters you must enrol into the Part 1 and Part 2 subjects over consecutive semesters. Students completing the 100 point pathway will normally be exempt from this requirement.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
AGRI90076 Industry Internship
Summer Term
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90037 International River Basin Management
June
12.5
ENST90035 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90036 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90037 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90038 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt2
January
July
25
ENST90039 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90040 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90041 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90042 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt2
January
July
25

Elective subjects

Students should make up the balance of the award with electives. Subjects in the list below are recommended. Other subjects may be taken with the approval of stream coordinator.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ATOC90002 Climate Affairs
Semester 1
12.5
CHEM90007 Environmental Chemistry
Semester 1
12.5
ECON90016 Environmental Economics and Strategy
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90031 Quantitative Environmental Modelling
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90032 Environmental Analysis Tools
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90002 Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
October
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
GEOM90005 Remote Sensing
Semester 2
12.5
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS70068 Environmental Law
September
12.5
NRMT90002 Management of Plant and Animal Invasions
Semester 2
12.5
NRMT90003 Social Research Methods
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90017 Global Environmental Change
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90020 Environmental Modelling
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90034 Environmental Applied Hydrology
Semester 1
12.5
FRST90034 Ecological Restoration
September
12.5
MAST90007 Statistics for Research Workers
Winter Term
12.5
ENEN90037 International River Basin Management
June
12.5
MAST90044 Thinking and Reasoning with Data
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90020 Risk Management and Public Participation Not available in 2018 12.5
POPH90230 Environmental Challenges & Global Health
July
12.5
ENST90017 Environmental Policy Instruments
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI90066 Soil Science and Management
Semester 1
12.5
CVEN90019 Sustainable Water Resources Systems
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90028 Monitoring Environmental Impacts
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90003 Integrated River & Catchment Management
Semester 1
12.5
GEOL90005 Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90025 Water Sensitive Urban Design
February
12.5
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70001 Environmental Research Proj (50 Long)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70002 Environmental Industry Research: 50 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90024 Environmental Research Project - 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90026 Environmental Industry Research: 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
AGRI90076 Industry Internship
Summer Term
Semester 2
12.5
LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90017 Science and Technology Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FRST90022 Forests and Water
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS70185 Water Law & Natural Resources Management
September
12.5
CHEM90006 Analytical & Environmental Chemistry
Semester 2
12.5
FRST90078 Conserving and Managing Native Forests
July
12.5
FRST90015 Forest Ecosystems
February
12.5
GEOG90026 Global Climate Change In Context
February
12.5
ERTH90026 Climate Modelling and Climate Change
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90006 Solid Wastes to Sustainable Resources
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90029 Water and Waste Water Management
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90042 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places
March
August
25

Last updated: 13 December 2018