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Water for Sustainable Futures (UNIB20012)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeUNIB20012
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In recent decades the importance of regulating water and its wider implications have been the subject of great debate. Water is no longer viewed solely in hydrological terms, where its supply and allocation are considered to be the only determinants important in understanding how it is regulated. Rather, of equal importance are the economic, environmental, political and social ramifications changing water allocation have on a catchment. In this subject the hydrological, economic, social, legal and environmental implications of controlling water in a catchment are evaluated in order to identify the trade-off between these factors and to suggest improvements that can be made in the understanding and management of this vital resource.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students will be expected to understand the:

  • Role of water as a resource, including any future implications of climate change, within a catchment context
  • Impacts of catchment management and the role of water in ecosystems
  • Economic value of water and the role of water markets and other management structures
  • Socio-political impact of water on communities past, present and future

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Think critically and organise knowledge across a range of disciplines
  • Derive, interpret and analyse information from primary and secondary sources
  • Participate in a discussion group and develop a logical argument to support a particular position
  • Plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects
  • Demonstrate awareness of and ability to use appropriate communication technology
  • Demonstrate both written and oral communication skills
  • Participate effectively as a member of a team

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • In-class test (750 words) due approximately Week 3 (15%)
  • In-class test (750 words) due approximately Week 6 (15%)
  • In-class test (750 words) test due approximately Week 9 (15%)
  • A 2-hour written examination held during the examination period (55%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorBrian Davidson
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursContact Hours: 36 hours: Lectures (1hr) 2 x weekly; Tutorials (1hr) 1 x weekly
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is not part of a sequence but rather part of the Food, Water & Wine cluster.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019