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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - IDS6245
Tracking Number - 4741

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-02-06
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to gc. Apprd. 10/28/13. Electives for Global Sust. MA. to USF Sys 11/21/13; to SCNS 12/3/13. Subm as 6235, approved as 6245. Effective

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-04-23
  2. Department:
  3. College: CS
  4. Budget Account Number: 390500
  5. Contact Person: Carl Herndl
  6. Phone: 9749557
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: IDS
  9. Number: 6245
  10. Full Title: Sustainable Water Resource Management: Doing More with Less
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Sust. Water Res. Management
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course provides an overview of the challenges and strategies for sustainable water resource management for coordinated planning, development and management of water resources. It will discuss technical, legal and institutional frameworks.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This new course is part of a systematic redesign of the degree requirements for the MA in Global Sustainability Water Concentation now housed in the new College of Global Sustainability. The revisions to the degree emerge from our analysis of other competitive programs across the country, our assessment of the core competencies of the College and our analysis of skills desired by employers for positions related to sustainability and green economy. The proposed revisions are academically rigorous and position our degree and our students for success in the academic and workplace market. After synthesizing this research, we have designed four new core courses for the MA degree. The four core courses are; Concepts and Principles of Sustainability, Economics and Finance for Sustainability, Systems Thinking: The key to sustainability, and Communicating the Value of Sustainability.

    This course strengthens our Water Concentration. The demand for this course will be at least 50% of the demand for the degree since currently the water concentration houses 50% of the enrollment. The course can also be taken as an elective by students in the program but in other concentrations. We are currently receiving 60-80 applications per year without any systematic recruiting effort. Our current enrollment is around 35 students per academic year.

    With the increasing focus on sustainability in higher education, we believe that these courses may serve as electives to other programs, especially those housed in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Public Health and Business.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
  29. Objectives: 1. To develop understanding of the impacts of global challenges to water resources management.

    2. To provide a broader understanding of the concept of integrated water resource management and approaches for effective implementation.

    3. To provide an overview of the technical, institutional and legal frameworks that help analyse and make informed decisions for sustainable water resources management

    4. To discuss how diversifying water sources (conventional and non-conventional) helps address challenges of water scarcity

    5. To develop understanding of the conflicting demand for water by different sectors and trans-boundary issues and ways of addressing the challenges

  30. Learning Outcomes: After completing this course, the students should be able to:

    1. Identify and discuss the major global challenges to sustainable water resource management

    2. Explain the concepts and principles of sustainable water resource management

    3. Use technical, institutional and legal frameworks to analyse the relationships between the various water sources, users and institutions.

    4. Identify the various water sources in order to achieve security by diversity

    5. Describe the interactions and conflicts between the different water users, sectors and basins and propose approaches of conflict resolution

    6. Develop conceptual strategies for sustainable water resource management

  31. Major Topics: 1. Water resource management: components, challenges and objectives

    a. The hydrologic cycle; spatial and temporal distribution of water resources; hydrologic uncertainty water budgets; Water scarcity (types and measures of water scarcity)

    b. Goals of sustainable water resources management: equitable water resources allocation to the different sectors including the natural environment (both quantity and quality)

    c. Components of water resources management: water allocation, river basin planning, stakeholder participation, pollution control, monitoring, financial and economic management and information management

    d. Global change pressures and their impacts on water resources management; uncertainties associated with future change pressures; flexible and adaptive systems, security by diversity

    2. Basic principles and concepts of Integrated Water Resources management (IWRM)

    a. Benefits, opportunities and challenges of IWRM

    b. Principles of IWRM (holistic and systemic approach, consideration at catchment/basin level, social dimensions, water as an economic good, equitable allocation of water; ecological sustainability; gender; participatory approach)

    c. Issues and debates about IWRM

    3. Technical frameworks and models for water resource management

    a. Frameworks for water management on catchment scale

    b. Concepts on water resource models

    c. Metrics for the assessment of resource allocation on catchment scale

    4. Water use by sectors

    a. Water needs for different sectors: Water for cities, water for food, water for energy, water for ecosystem

    b. Water use conflicts and cooperation (competing water demand)

    c. Water-Food-Energy Nexus (water as the center stage)

    5. Surface water management

    a. Overview of surface water resources (rivers, reservoirs and lakes)

    b. Sustainable safe yield for surface water sources

    c. Catchment protection for water quality and quantity management

    6. Groundwater management

    a. Groundwater resource assessment (aquifer characteristics, water budget, aquifer yield)

    b. Groundwater management quantity and quality issues, monitoring, regulation, allocation and licensing

    c. Sustainable use of groundwater resource; Renewable and non-renewable sources, aquifer storage and recharge

    7. Non-conventional sources of water

    a. Desalination: approaches and technologies; trends, challenges and opportunities;

    b. Wastewater reuse, cascading water use

    c. Stormwater and rainwater harvesting

    8. Water demand management and water use efficiency

    a. Demand projection/forecasting

    b. Demand management strategies: Economic (appropriate water tariffs/pricing, water metering, financial incentives, market based water allocations ) Technical (water efficient appliances; leakage management, water auditing, monitoring and information management); Institutional and administrative (regulations for conservation and restriction, building and plumbing codes, capacity building, monitoring), Educational (behavioral changes through public awareness campaigns, trainings and school curriculum)

    c. Demand management best practices

    d. Efficiency gains over the whole water cycle, efficiency gains between sectors/users; water neutrality

    9. Economic instruments for water resources management

    a. Water as an economic good; water demand curve and the economic value of water; water supply curve and the economic cost of water use; opportunity costs; the social value of water

    b. Water markets; water banks (making water available for new uses)

    c. Valuing non market benefits of improved water quality

    10. Legal framework of water resources management

    a. Water rights (surface water rights, groundwater rights, interstate compacts and dispute resolution)

    b. Water quality guidelines, standards

    c. Framework for managing water environment (e.g., Water Framework Directive, Federal and state laws for water resources planning and management)

    11. Institutional framework of water resources management

    a. Institutional frameworks in different countries

    b. Participatory management (stakeholder engagement)

    c. Enabling environment; private sector participation;

    12. Inter-basin and trans-boundary water management

    a. Managing river basins

    b. Interstate water allocation and management issues

    c. Transnational issues in river basin management

    d. The concept of virtual water and the water footprint

  32. Textbooks: 1. Thomas V. Cech. 3rd edition, 2010. Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management, and Policy. ISBN: ISBN 9780470136317.

    2. Malkina-Pykh., IG and Pykh, Y 2002 Sustainable Water Resources Management (ISBN-10: 1853129380, ISBN-13: 978-1853129384)

    3. Dinar, A., S. Dinar, S. McCaffrey, D. McKinney 2007 Bridges over Water: Understanding Transboundary Water Conflict, Negotiation And Cooperation, World Scientific Publishing Company, 2007 (ISBN-10: 981256893X, ISBN-13: 978-9812568939)

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Integrated Water Resources Management: is it working:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Quizzes 10%,

    Assignment 20%,

    Participation in online discussion 10%,

    Group project (30%),

    Examination 30%

    The following grading scale will be used

    90 to 100% A

    80 to 89% B

    70 to 79% C

    60 to 69% D

    Below 50% F

    Grades will be posted on teh course management system. There is no other extra credit available.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 3 individual assignments, 2 quizzes, 1 group project, 1 final exam

    Time table

    (Week) [Topic]



    (1) [Challenges and goals of water resource management Self-Assessment]

    (2) [Basic principles and concepts of IWRM] {Assignment 1,Discussion 1}

    3 [Technical frameworks and models for water resource management]

    {Quiz 1}

    (Assignment 1, Discussion 1)

    (4) [Water use by sectors]

    {Assignment 2, Discussion 2}

    (5) [Surface water source]

    (6) [Groundwater management]

    {Quiz 2, Assignment 3,Discussion 3}

    (Assignment 2, Discussion 2)

    (7) [Inter-basin and trans-boundary water management]

    (8) [Non-conventional sources of water]

    {Group project}

    (Assignment 3, Discussion 3)

    (9) [Water demand management]

    (Progress report 1)

    (10) [Economic instruments for water management] (Progress report 2)

    (11) [The legal framework of water management]

    (12) [The institutional framework of water management] (Progress report 3)

    (13) [Examination]


    (14) [Final report]

    (Final report)

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: All exams and assignments are to be completed within the time frame provided in the syllabus. If there are anticipated or unanticipated problems, the student needs to email the instructor ahead of time and explain the reason to be considered for make-up. Such situations will be handled by the instructor on a case by case basis.

    See also the University Policy on Academic Integrity at

  38. Program This Course Supports: MA in Global Sustainability
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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