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ENVT4406 Catchment and River Processes

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Environmental Science; Geographical Sciences; Natural Resource Management [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit gives students the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the physical processes associated with catchment and river environments. Students are given the opportunity to develop advanced research, analytical and field-based skills in catchment hydrology and fluvial geomorphology. The unit covers topics including hillslope and catchment hydrology, ecohydrology, fluvial geomorphology, salinity and water management, riparian and river management, and considers the impacts of land use and land management changes, terrestrial to marine linkages, and climate change and climate variability on environmental systems.

The unit is focused around a compulsory field trip, usually taught in the sixth week of teaching. Students must attend the field trip to complete the unit. Charges apply for accommodation and food, while transport is provided.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced comprehension of physical processes associated with catchment hydrology and fluvial geomorphology; (2) appropriately apply research methods in a field-based setting to measure and analyse catchment, riparian (floodplain) and riverine (in-stream) processes; and (3) interpret and evaluate the links between physical processes and management issues in catchment and river environments.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) 3MGC (Three Minute Geomorphology Concept); (2) field trip (group) presentation; and (3) management report and conceptual model. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nik Callow
Unit rules
Course Enrolment 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology (ID 168) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4)
Advisable prior study:
All students expected to have some physical geography/geomorphology/hydrology background (e.g. ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology, GEOS4499 Land and Water Fundamentals (conversion unit) or equivalent study).
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trip (estimated cost - Up to a maximum of $120 per night. Up to $600, but likely charge is significantly lower than this figure.).
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; field trip: one week in week 6
The cost of food and accommodation for the field trip is borne by the student.
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