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    Physical and human processes affecting water quality of rivers, groundwater and wetlands.

    This paper will develop mathematical skills as related to hydrology, and competence dealing with hydrological datasets and spatial datasets. There is a focus on global and national environmental issues on freshwater resources.

    About this paper

    Paper title Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management
    Subject Geography
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    54 points
    GEOG 299
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Science
    A background introductory paper to earth science is strongly recommended.
    Teaching staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sarah Mager

    Paper Structure

    This paper is comprised of two modules: the first module is an introduction to the core concepts of physical hydrology; and the second module covers contemporary issues in freshwater resources including the impacts of land use change and over allocation on river systems.

    Laboratories: Students will work each week in a small group as part of the laboratory programme, and develop communication and time management skills in the preparation of written work.

    Assessment is 60% internal (on-going during the semester) and 40% external (final examination).

    Teaching Arrangements

    2 lectures and 1 x 3 hour laboratory session per week.

    There is no set textbook but there will be a recommended reading list, and readings identified for each lecture.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Communication, Environmental literacy, Research.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    • Familiarisation with the global environmental issues surrounding freshwater resources
    • competence in collecting and analysing hydrological data
    • familiarisation with the core concepts of groundwater flow
    • the interactions between surface and groundwater resources.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15, 18-22
    Friday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 15, 17-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    P1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
    P2 Friday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
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