Managing River Catchments GEOG4057

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course focuses on the principles of managing river catchments and associated legal and operational frameworks.


2 hour lecture (weekly), 1 hour lab class (weekly), Day field class and visit to government agencies: to be arranged

Requirements of Entry



1. A written examination.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with understanding of the principles governing the management of river catchments. Sources of information and data will be introduced, along with legal frameworks for catchment management. The course focuses on practical application of river science to management issues. These aims are achieved through lectures, laboratory practical exercises, field exercises, visits to government agencies, tutorial discussions and submitted course work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. explain the principles of river catchment management;

2. explain the roles of hydrological, sedimentary and biological factors in river system management;

3. explain and use standard analytical methods to analyse river catchment data;

4. explain the legal and regulatory frameworks for river catchment management;

5. provide and explain examples of catchment management;

6. use collect and summarise river catchment data;

7. account for the uncertainties in river catchment data;

8. write scientific reports, including use of established conventions for the reporting of results and analysis and the appropriate use and referencing of relevant published material.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.