WATR301-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Water Resource Management

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Management of freshwater resources and current issues relating to the use of water. Topics will include; frameworks for water management, reconciling economic, environmental, social and cultural needs, conflicts over water resource use, legislative requirements, hazard management and mitigation, and future water uses. Includes a half-day fieldtrip.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand key policies and planning frameworks for freshwater management in NZ.
  • explain and provide examples of economic, environmental, social, and cultural values in relation to fresh water.
  • understand and apply Māori concepts to freshwater management.
  • identify competing stakeholder interests in WRM in New Zealand.
  • explain recent changes in the regulation of agricultural water use in Canterbury and New Zealand and their impacts on water users.
  • identify WRM issues particular to Canterbury Water Management Zones
  • explain the challenges that climate change poses for water management.
  • distinguish key water management approaches based on their strengths and weaknesses.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


45 points at 200 level in any subject area.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

PLEASE NOTE: This course is delivered online jointly with Lincoln University. The course is made up of a combination of fortnightly in person lectures and online zoom sessions. The course involves a virtual field trip linked to an assignment.

Course Coordinator

Rachel Teen


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Internal assessment 60%
final exam 40%

60% internal, 40% Exam

Course links

This course uses LEARN as the key point for communication and for posting and hosting lecture material and zoom tutorials (see timetable note, above).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $978.00

International fee $4,988.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All WATR301 Occurrences

  • WATR301-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024