Fieldwork Water Quality

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vaknaam Fieldwork Water Quality
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Fieldwork Water Quality for Double Degree WCM
Leerdoelen The students will be able to understand different topics related to the management of water quality and the relationships between spatial planning/land use and water quality in international context. Example topics addressed in the course include: agriculture, pollution and water management; renewable energy and water; wetlands, protected nature parks and water quality; cross-border water (quality) management); water purification. Further aim of the fieldwork is to practice different presentation techniques and preparing a critical statement for discussion in groups on a water quality related topic provided by the lecturers. The students are expected to also actively collect primary data during online fieldwork by asking questions from invited experts, documenting the discussions and integrating the collected material in a meaningful, coherent and critical manner to their final report. Learning to work as a group in planning, conducting and presenting research is an essential part of the (online) fieldwork. A final goal of the fieldwork is to introduce to the students different water-related professions available for them in the water management field.
Omschrijving The course comprises lectures about the relationship between water quality and spatial planning, focusing on selected topics (e.g. salinization, nature development, water purification) and three pre-selected cases (Zeeland, Markerwadden, Zwolle / Vitens). An introductory lecture about the water quality policy in the Netherlands will be given by an external expert. In addition, selected modules and video lectures from the SDG academy course ‘Addressing the Global Water Crisis’ will be watched and implemented into the assignment. Through the lectures the students will be introduced to a number of central concepts pertaining to planning for water quality. Further introduction into the ‘cases’ will take place through expert interviews, visiting selected sites and in discussion and presentation meetings with experts during the ‘field-days’. The students will work in groups and will write a research report about one of the cases (assignment 1). Each assignment group will also provide a presentation about their research projects in connection to one of the case study areas. In addition, a report needs to be written based on the findings of the water sampling / nitrate measurement fieldwork (assignment 2). The final deliverable is a written report by each group, comprising assignments 1&2 (see grading form below for a full overview of the assignment elements).
NOTE: Some activities are carried out online. Please make sure to have a good internet connection and video-call possibilities available. Further instructions will follow before the respective events.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Fieldwork, Guest lectures, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Group assignments, Oral presentation
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Dr. E.M. Trell-Zuidema
Docent(en) prof. dr. E.J.M.M. Arts , Guest lecturers ,prof. ir. W.L. Leendertse , C. Theron, MSc. ,Dr. E.M. Trell-Zuidema
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Selected chapters from Water Sustainability. A Global Perspective. J.A.A. Jones (2010)
Additional journal articles will be supplied.
Opmerkingen Max. 16 students. Open for Double Degree Master Water and Coastal Management (DDM WCM) (always accessible for this group), however when there are more than 16 students, other master students will not have access to the course.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Compulsory Double Degree Water and Coastal Management) 1 semester II b verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester II b keuze