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Integrated Catchment Science (10224.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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  • Semester 2, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (195798) - View
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This unit provides fundamental knowledge of the processes that create and link together different parts of our landscape. It draws upon geology, geomorphology, hydrology and ecology to provide a framework for understanding how water, sediment and biota move around a catchment. This integrated understanding is essential for addressing management issues at the catchment scale. While we focus on the Australian context, these skills and knowledge are applicable worldwide.

The unit covers topics of landscape description and analysis; water in the landscape; soil erosion and remediation; whole of catchment (WOC) analysis; planning and environmental management of catchments. Practical activities, including field trips, focus on linkages between different parts of the landscape, and will highlight current issues addressed by industry and government organisations to ensure professional relevance of the learning.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1.Identify key characteristics and features that distinguish different geomorphic and ecological zones in the landscape, including geomorphic units and their age, soil types, surface and ground water hydrology and ecological character and diversity;

2.Make assessments of landscape elements at a variety of landscape scales, in terms of, physical and chemical and biological processes, relationship to other environmental aspects, surface stability, potential hazards and management issues;

3.Identify how variability in hydrological, geological and ecological processes connect or disconnect different elements of the landscape from one another on timescales from hours to millennia. Also, be able to describe how variation in connectivity is related to the frequency and magnitude of climatic events, and what implications this has for management of different parts of the catchment;

4.Demonstrate skills in scientific communication, in particular presenting data and argument clearly and concisely to address a question, to a relevant targeted audience;

5.Demonstrate skills in team work through group projects related to the practical components of the unit; and

6.Adapt concepts developed from local examples into a global context.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

The mode of delivery is Standard face-to-face teaching and online. This will consist of 2x2 hours of contact for 11 weeks and 2.5 days of field trips.


Plants and Animals, 623, and Landscape Processes, 10225.



Assumed Knowledge

1st year chemistry, biology, and mathematics.

Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

Australian Landscape, Regolith and Soils, 8781.

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