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Problem-based learning projects

The team and individual projects that students undertake in Australian and international settings are a unique feature of the program. Students are guided through these projects with lectures, workshops and field trips to integrate transdisciplinary knowledge learnt in the modules.

Foundation semester

  • PBL1: Situation analysis and critique of an existing water management project or program (Group project)
  • PBL2: Design of a project proposal to address a real-world water management issue from an integrated water management perspective (Individual project)


Integration/specialisation semester

  • PBL3: Integrated catchment management – developing strategies for change (Individual project)
  • PBL4: Learning lessons from integrated water management in practice (Individual project)


Other practical and applied components

The program builds on students' professional experience and improves their ability to consider and work on water-related problems holistically:

  • Lecture modules teach students managerial, technical and leaderships skills across a wide range of disciplines.
  • Field trips throughout Australia and overseas - complement project work and give students hands-on experience.
  • Networking opportunities - students establish networks with national and international specialists by attending Australian conferences on water management.
  • Final project - students apply the knowledge and skills learnt during the Foundation and Integration semesters to a real-world project, demonstrating their understanding of integrated water management principles.


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