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 After successfully completing the course unit, students are able to (learning outcomes followed by the related outcome at programme level in brackets):
The students will be able to understand different topics related to the water governance in general and management of water quality in particular. They will be able to explain the interaction and relationships between spatial planning/land use and water quality in international context. Example topics addressed in the course (they will vary each year depending on field-work locations) include: agriculture and water quality; urban sprawl and drinking water; renewable energy and water; wetlands, protected nature parks and water quality; cross-border water (quality) management; water purification; water quality and soil; community-based (domestic) water provision. Further aim of the fieldwork is to practice different presentation techniques and preparing a critical statement for discussion in groups on a selected water quality related topic. The students are expected to also actively collect primary data during online fieldwork via different water sampling / measurement instruments (provided by the lecturers), by observations and expert-interviews. After completing the course the students will be able to successfully integrate insights / data collected in the field in a meaningful, coherent and critical manner to the theories discussed in class, in their final report. Learning to work as a group in planning, conducting and presenting research is an essential part of the 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 focuses on exploring the relationship between water quality and spatial planning / land-use via a number of selected topics, which vary each year (e.g. agriculture and water quality; renewable energy and water quality; drinking water and urban sprawl; water quality in protected areas; water and soil etc.). In addition, relevant (Dutch / EU) policies pertaining to water quality (incl. EU WFD) will be introduced and discussed.

The course comprises a limited number of preparatory lectures followed by 4-5 (non-consecutive) field-work days in May / June. During the field-work days, we will zoom in on different places and cases in the North of the Netherlands (including the Wadden area) and explore water quality related challenges and opportunities on location and in dialogue with local stakeholders and experts. During one of the field-days the students will also collect primary data by taking water samples, measuring and making sense of different parameters relevant to understanding water quality. The course also makes use of selected modules from the SDG academy video-lecture series ‘Addressing the Global Water Crisis’, which will be implemented into the group assignment.

During the Fieldwork, the students will work in groups and will write a research report about one of the pre-selected cases, which connects to one of the field-days (assignment 1). Each assignment group will also provide a presentation about their research project on location/in the field. Eventually the groups will submit a final report in which they connect insights from the field (e.g. observations and expert interviews) to theories discussed in class and give advice for water governance / management.

In addition, a research plan is made and a short report written, based on the findings of the water sampling fieldwork day (assignment 2).

NOTE: Some activities may be 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 , C. Theron, MSc. ,Dr. E.M. Trell-Zuidema
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Additional journal articles will be supplied.
Selected chapters from Water Sustainability. A Global Perspective. J.A.A. Jones (2010)
Opmerkingen Compulsory course for the students of Double Degree Master Water and Coastal Management. Open for other students. Max. 16 students.
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