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MSc Sustainable Water Management


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: Duration/Length: 12 Month(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Earth Science, Environmental Sciences an Director of Studies: Dr NA Chappell
Total Credit Points: 180

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The range of transferable skills that students are expected to gain includes:

    IT literacy in mainstream word processing, analysis and presentation software.

    Presenting information in verbal, electronic and hardcopy media,

    Numerical skills, including statistical analysis and simulation modelling

    Practical laboratory and field skills,

    The ability to critically analyse and interpret data.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students will be able to:

    - Have in depth knowledge of the hydrological processes ('scientific hydrology') affecting the management of groundwater and surface water resources
    - Demonstrate high level skills in hydrological modelling (physics based, conceptual and time series techniques) of problems affecting the UK Water Sector
    - Demonstrate high level skills in automated monitoring systems and site investigation technologies used within the UK Water Sector
    - Interpret hydrological observations and model results
    - Have an ability to plan and undertake hydrological investigations to provide solutions to specific water related problems
    - Interface hydrological observations and models in a statistically appropriate manner
    - Relate scientific developments to engineering practice within the UK Water Sector
    - Appreciate stakeholder perspectives to water related issues
    On completion of the programme, it is expected that each student will have developed the following
    intellectual skills:

    - Ability to develop a robust scientific argument, formulate and test hypotheses, and to assess
    contrasting scientific theories.
    - Problem solving and decision making, identifying, abstracting, critically evaluating and synthesizing relevant (scientific technical) information.
    - Self direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, acting autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
    - The use of experimentation within a scientific problem solving exercise and handling complexity and uncertainty.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    The range of transferable skills that students are expected to gain includes:

    - IT literacy in mainstream word processing, analysis and presentation software.
    - Presenting information in verbal, electronic and hardcopy media,
    - Numerical skills, including statistical analysis and simulation modelling
    - Practical laboratory and field skills,
    - The ability to critically analyse and interpret data.

Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    The range of subject specific knowledge that any one student is expected to gain is dependent on the choice of taught modules and dissertation project.  The student will acquire this subject specific knowledge through research informed teaching in lectures and workshop/practical sessions.  Students will acquire authorative subject specific knowledge on one particular topic through the undertaking of a substantial research project.  A seminar programme specifically for these student, with speakers from the UK water sector, arranged by the DoS.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    The student will gain a variety of transferable skills essential for the effective communication of science.  These transferable skills are developed through the varied methods of delivery and assessment within the taught elements of the programme, particularly in the workshop/practical sessions and (where applicable) the project.  All students on this programme will be required to attend specific careers training provision provided by the Department to aid the planning and development of students' careers.

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    This is achieved through module specific coursework assessments, which may take the form of essays, reports, grant applications, tests or presentations either individually, or as group work and also throughthe examination system. Furthermore, the research project tests the ability of a student to manage their time effectively whilst carrying out an in depth piece of scientific research using practical, library or computer skills. The project also displays the level of in depth knowledge acquired by the student.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    During the course of this scheme of study students may be called upon to make oral and poster presentations to support their academic work. They will also present their work in a written scientific paper format, write a grant proposal and examine how the peer review process works. They will have had the opportunity to attend specific computer; statistics; scientific writing and project management courses, either as part of their assessed programme or simply to enhance their individual personal development on a non assessed basis.

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