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Module

CEG8512 : Integrated River Basin Management

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Claire Walsh
  • Lecturer: Dr Nasser Tuqan, Dr Cat Button, Dr Jaime Amezaga, Dr Michaela Goodson, Professor Thomas Curtis, Dr Ajay Bhave, Professor David Werner
  • Other Staff: Dr Greg O'Donnell
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to explore and analyse the multiple issues and challenges involved in the practice of integrated river basin management in an international context. The module will focus on the global challenges to water management as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals and the way in which large river basins are organised worldwide. Introductory lectures will present the concepts of sustainability and integrated river basin management. Further lectures will explore the international dimension of key drivers in water management with an emphasis on the interaction with Sustainable Development Goals. Key drivers include water resources, flooding, climate change, pollution, health, socio-economic context, values and governance. The students will analyse how these different factors interplay in four case study rivers linked to the UKRI Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub. The Hub brings together an international team to address threats to water security and contribute towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6. Drawing upon the Contributors’ knowledge and direct involvement, as well as material developed by international experts in the Hub, students will be challenged to critically review the four river basins: Upper Cauca, Colombia; Johor, Malaysia; Upper Awash, Ethiopia and Upper Yamuna, India, all of which have different water security challenges and socio-political contexts that is covered in the syllabus and produce their own plan for one of the rivers.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to the Module

Water and Sustainability

River Basin Management

Understanding catchment hydrology

Flooding challenges

Climate change challenges

Water quality

Sanitation

Water and health

Citizen science

Understanding the value of water systems

Water Governance

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity44:3018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time40:302:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

With the accelerating growth in population and economic development around the world, and the developing food crisis, the pressures on river basins and their water resources are becoming unsustainable. The need for an integrated, sustainable approach to river basin management has never been more pressing. Students gain the required wide base of technical and socio-economic knowledge through lectures and computer practicals, and guest speakers from industry reinforce the learning experience. Most importantly, students are also given the opportunity to put this knowledge into action through the group coursework in which they are required to assess the current states of a number of stressed international river basins, and to come up with an agenda for sustainable river basin management in each. They are thus well prepared to tackle such challenging problems in the real world after they leave.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302A30group presentations with questions from students and lecturers
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M70Individual report (2000 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination assesses assimilated knowledge, while the coursework assesses capacity to work in a team and to synthesize information. The oral presentation is assessed based on ability to distil and organise key material, and to present it in a clear and cognet manner.

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