CEG8524 : Water Management: Issues and Challenges

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to explore and analyse the multiple issues and challenges involved in the practice of sustainable water management in a real life context, following the introduction of catchment systems concepts and process in hydrosystems analysis. This module will expand further the knowledge of the competing issues that water managers have to deal with and integrate, with a special focus on the interplay of the different institutional arrangements in place nowadays in British river basins. It will start with an introduction to global issues for sustainable water management presenting the key challenges and drivers, including current thinking on how they will evolve during this century taking into account environmental, social and technical change. We will present the historical evolution and current institutions in charge of river basins and water services in Britain. Lecturers will introduce sequentially the key issues related to water resources, flooding, pollution control, ecosystems and climate change and the socio-economic considerations decision-making in this areas. The students will at the same time analyse how this is really managed in the context of British river basins.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Introduction to Sustainable Water Management
•       River Basin Management: history and current organisation in Britain
•       Regulatory frameworks: UK and European law
•       Water Framework Directive and River Basin Management Plans
•       Water services: history and current organisation in Britain
•       The Periodic Review and Asset Management Planning
•       Water resources management: long term planning and droughts
•       Assessment and management of flood risks in Britain
•       Pollution control and waste water management
•       River ecosystems and environmental flows
•       Climate Change; Political context (IPCC) and UK Legislation(CCRA)
• Observed and Projected changes in climate, including UKCP18
•       Socio-economic evaluation and stakeholder involvement

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00Report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading116:0016:00Online preparation and additional material
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading118:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical120:0020:00Case Studies including preparation time for oral presentation
Guided Independent StudySkills practice10:300:30Presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops14:304:30Presentations workshop and discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:00Interactive Discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Tutorials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will combine on-line preparatory and additional material, lectures, tutorials, group student directed learning, presentations, individual study and report writing. After an introduction to the module, groups of students will receive every day a task for research that will build up towards an integrated understanding of water management in Britain. Groups will report to tutors every day. On the final day there will be group presentations and interactive discussions of the findings. Students will have access to one to one consultations with lectures for the individual reports. A Visiting Professor of Practice will be involved in this module, thus ensuring an appropriate balance between theory and practice, and an understanding from the outset of what the ‘real world’ of water management is all about. The module teaching methods are designed to allow the students to build up knowledge of theory, together with practical skills which are relevant to the real world of water management. This is achieved through a mix of lectures and taught material, but with a strong emphasis on developing individual and group work skills, which reflect how professionals work in the water industry

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation301M40group presentations
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M6016 pages maximum
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The development of material and delivery of the oral presentation will be assessed to cover skills in group working and understanding and concise presentation of a wide range of material under short timescale, as would be experienced in a professional setting. The individual written report assesses the student’s individual understanding in depth of the course material and concepts, as well their report writing skills.

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