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49124 Water Quality Management

Warning: The information on this page is indicative. The subject outline for a particular session, location and mode of offering is the authoritative source of all information about the subject for that offering. Required texts, recommended texts and references in particular are likely to change. Students will be provided with a subject outline once they enrol in the subject.

Subject handbook information prior to 2020 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The focus of this subject is integrated catchment management. It examines water systems including natural water bodies (streams, estuaries, groundwater), and related human infrastructure (water supply, sewerage and stormwater drainage systems), and provides an assessment of the impacts and methods of monitoring pollution in these environments in relation to water quality, natural flora and fauna, aesthetics and public health. It provides students with a general knowledge of these systems, their vulnerability to pollution and degradation, and remedial measures. Particular emphasis is given to water quality in urban environments.

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject includes three sessions of block teaching.  To ensure that you gain most from the subject, you should attend all lectures to obtain comprehensive tuition.

Content (topics)

This subject covers general matters related to the preservation and restoration of good water quality. It is structured into three main parts:

  1. Understanding the Nature of Water Systems
    Section 1 - The Nature of Water Systems
    Section 2 - Water Quality
    Section 3 - Human Perceptions and Values
  2. Identifying and Assessing the Problems of Water Systems
    Section 4 - Determining Impacts on Water Systems
    Section 5 - Monitoring
    Section 6 - Modelling and Forecasting
  3. Solutions to Water System Problems
    Section 7 - Investigation Methodologies
    Section 8 - Risk Assessment and Communication
    Section 9 – Solutions; Planning and Administrative Aspects
    Section 10 – Solutions; Engineering Works and Legal, Social and Financial Matters
    Section 11 – Conclusions

Assignments are based on each of these three parts.


Assessment task 1: Assignments

Intent: To demonstrate understanding and ability to communicate ideas and knowledge.
Weight: 100%

Minimum requirements

In order to pass this subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Required texts

Course notes are available at the bookshop.
Please Note:

  1. Students must present the CN Number when purchasing or ordering notes.
  2. The CN Sales Process will close at the commencement of formal exam period.
  3. A copy of this CN is kept in the Closed Reserve in the UTS Library.


The main text used for this course is: NSW Environment Protection Authority  New South Wales State of the Environment 2003, EPA, Sydney.

This is available from the EPA’s publications office at Chatswood, at the NSW Government Publications Office in Hunter St., City and by mail order (see enclosed form).  It is also available, together with the 1997 and 1995 State of the Environment Reports for NSW on the EPA (now part of the DEC) website:

A considerable amount of information is available from other government bodies, as documents and from their websites, for example:

  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Sydney Water Corporation
  • Sydney Catchment Authority
  • CRCentre for Catchment Hydrology

Other resources

All students must access the UTSOnline site at least weekly for information on the following matters:

  1. Specific instructions relating to attendance at and/or requirements for lectures;
  2. Changes to the Subject program, namely lectures and/or lecturers;
  3. Course notes and lecture material;  
  4. Selected “Power-point” presentations; and 
  5. Assignments set by individual Lecturers. 
  6. Additional references and related websites
  7. Computer software