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Urban Water Management (HORT10015)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Burnley)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeHORT10015
Semester 2
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Water is essential for plant growth. In a world where climate is changing this resource is becoming scarce and expensive, therefore it is important to value water and to use it wisely. This subject develops students’ understanding of the relationship between achieving optimal plant growth in an urban environment through the appropriate and responsible supply and application of water and design options to maximise the use of water. It does this by identifying plants’ water requirements and determining how and when to water and by implementing water sensitive design strategies such as rain gardens and bioswales.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand the relationship between plant growth and water availability;
  • be able to calculate plants’ water requirements using climate data;
  • be able todetermine when and how much water to apply in order to water efficiently and sustainably using measured and theoretical site properties;
  • be able to select appropriate water sources to maintain urban landscapes;
  • understand the principles of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in the planning of urban landscapes;
  • design basic irrigation and water management systems to achieve efficient use of water;
  • operate basic irrigation and water control systems for urban landscapes; and
  • appreciate the implications of climate change for water management of urban horticulture and landscape

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • developed a capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
  • an ability to derive, interpret and analyse information from primary sources;
  • be able to apply theoretical principles to achieve practical outcomes;
  • an ability to integrate information to solve problems and effectively use technology in this discipline; and
  • excellent written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups

Last updated: 9 November 2018