|Module consists of the study units|
Module 2, Water Management, consists of seven courses with their own learning objectives. The Module overview is given below:
||Name module element
||Measurements in Fluid Mechanics
||Governance of multi-actor problems
||Introduction to programming in engineering 1
||Project Blue Nile
- Learn about the management of natural water systems and the terms that are commonly used in this field.
- Learn about the hydrological, flow, transport and water quality processes in water systems and be able to describe these processes by simple mathematical models.
- Be able to set up, carry out and analyse simple experiments in the field of water engineering taking into account the accuracy of the results.
- Learn about the policy and social aspects related to water management problems, the possible conflicting interests an how to deal with them.
- Be able to develop simple analytical and numerical simulation models for various topics in water management and use these models to support decisions quantitatively.
- Be able to perform an exploratory problem analysis of a water management problem from different angles (technical, societal) making use of the provided knowledge and methods.
- Be able to carry out a project as a member of a team and give a presentation of the outcome of the project.
The module Water Management focuses on the physical and policy aspects of water management. In this module, students learn about the behaviour of different natural water systems and the effects of human interventions on these systems. Students get acquainted with the basic principles of policy processes such that they understand how certain management objectives related to (natural) water systems can be achieved administratively. An important aspect within the module is that the students learn i) to quantitatively describe and simulate the dynamics of a water system with mathematical equations and models and ii) quantify the changes in natural systems by human interventions.
Therefore, the module consists of the following parts:
The project focuses on the design of a dam and management of a reservoir in the Blue Nile in Ethiopia for the purpose of an optimal water distribution among different users. Students (in project groups) have to propose a location and design of a dam for different scenarios (e.g., meteorological conditions, user criteria). A Plan of Action must be written in the exploration phase. Subsequently, a problem analysis will be carried out to address the water management challenges in the catchment of the Blue Nile. Hereto, the student investigates different perspectives (technical, societal, administrative), using case-specific information, computer models (Python) for simulation of the water system dynamics, technical knowledge about fluid mechanics and methods from policy analysis. Next, based on this inventory, students select a suitable dam location and develop a simulation model (using Python) to optimise the management of the reservoir behind the dam based on the design criteria and for different scenarios. Special attention is devoted to the development of professional skills, i.e. modelling in Python and the professional skills project management, information search and oral presentations
- Mathematics – Calculus
- Introduction to programming in engineering 1
- Fluid Mechanics
- Measurements in Fluid Mechanics (Practical)
- Governance of multi-actor problems
- Project Blue Nile