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WAT1101 Introduction to Water Science

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Water comprises over 75% of the Earth’s surface and is essential to all life on earth. Many biophysical and human use processes are dependent on water and the water cycle. Fundamental knowledge of how physical and chemical components of water systems function and interact is essential for aquatic resource management and sustainability more broadly. This course introduces students to the water cycle and the diversity of aquatic systems, their properties and functions, both globally and in Australia. The course is of value to students seeking careers as water scientists, environmental scientists, engineers, field biologists, agricultural scientists, natural resource managers and professional ecologists.

The course aims to provide an understanding of the physical and chemical characteristics of aquatic systems and the processes shaping them. The role of water and its interactions with other processes in shaping landscapes is examined. The course will explore the characteristics of water processes and examine the differences between lotic (fluvial) and lentic (freshwater) systems. The course will also provide an introduction to fundamentals of hydrology, including surface water hydrology, groundwater hydrology and ecohydrology. The role of water in shaping Australia's socio-ecological landscape will be discussed.

This course contains a Highly Recommended residential school at the Toowoomba campus for both external and on-campus students in the form of a two-day excursion to sites within the Toowoomba/Darling Downs region.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 External
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 27 June 2022