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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG5670M Issues and Skills for River Basin Dynamics and Management

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Jonathan Carrivick

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces a range of issues and skills pertinent to river basin dynamics and management. We have a series of lectures to include international and regional policy and legislation issues; such as the water framework directive, river basin flood management plans and carbon management for example. Work-based practice (water and environment industry) is considered to understand current river basin management issues. We introduce environmental data analysis to include statistics and the use of statistical software; most likely the free open-source software ‘R'. We have several environmental data analysis projects that focus on hydraulics and water quality data, data analysis and the use of cutting edge numerical models.


This module has objectives to:
(i) Deliver a detailed scientific understanding of selected issues of international importance associated with river basin dynamics and management.
(ii) Integrate knowledge and skills concerning data collection with analytical skills and numerical analysis.
(iii) Be aware of issues and skills associated with a range of flood forecasting models and water quality indicators and to use learn to use the basic functions of these models; as by professionals in the water industry.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
i) Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of selected topics of concern in the fields of river basin dynamics and management
ii) Demonstrate an understanding of key conceptual and policy issues of relevance to international policy and UK regulatory agencies in the light of theories and case studies covered
iii) Utilise their critical, communication and team working skills in assessing and presenting appropriate information and materials
iv) Be familiar with a range of issues and skills in environmental data analysis


Typically, the syllabus will include:
1. Welcome and module overview
2. River basin management frameworks
3. Environmental data analytics
4. Issues of data collection
5. River ecosystems/biomonitoring of water quality
6. River hydrological/hydraulic modelling

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours228.00
Total Contact hours72.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study spread over the semester involves:
1. Reading research papers/reports in preparation for lectures, seminars.
2. Reading to support practicals
3. Preparation for and completion of assignments

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal question/answer sessions during lectures
Practical sessions under supervision, before individual write up
Essay assessment

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 Words30.00
PresentationGroup research portfolio and presentation30.00
PracticalStatistics (1 assignment 3000 words total)40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:36:37


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