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GEOG299 Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management

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

This paper will develop basic mathematical skills as related to hydrology, and competence dealing with hydrological datasets. There is a focus on global and national issues on freshwater resources, as well as the key environmental issues surrounding water allocation.

Paper title Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management
Paper code GEOG299
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GEOG 101
GEOG 399
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
No prior experience is required, however, a 100-level background introductory paper to earth science is beneficial.
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 55% internal (on-going during the semester) and 45% external (final examination).

Teaching Arrangements

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


No set textbook is required but there will be a recommended reading list, and readings identified for each lecture.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Environmental literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Familiarisation with the global environmental issues surrounding freshwater resources; develop practical skills collecting hydrological data and its analysis.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system