|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||24 January 2022|
The effective management of Australia’s freshwater systems requires an understanding of how physical, chemical and biotic patterns and processes interact across spatial and temporal scales and an analysis of planning issues, policies, and methods, associated with water resource use. The hydrological, biogeochemical, geomorphological and ecological processes and their interactions for sustainable system design from catchments to rivers, wetlands and springs (groundwater) are also important for effective management. The course is of value to students wishing to pursue careers as water scientists, environmental scientists, engineers, field biologists, agricultural scientists, natural resource managers and professional ecologists.
This course explores water and nutrient processes in the catchment to provide an understanding of the relationships between catchment health, water quality and ecosystem functions. Students should be able to explain the major threats to water quality and the ways to monitor and manage those threats through the monitoring of physical, chemical and biological parameters and through the preparation of water quality assessment plans.
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.