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Course module: 202000048
Water Management
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000048
Credits (ECTS)0
Course typeModule name
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personW.M. van der Sande
Contactperson for the course
W.M. van der Sande
Academic year2023
Starting block
RemarksModule 2 B-CE
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
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 EC Code
1 Fluid Mechanics 1 2 202000049
2 Measurements in Fluid Mechanics 1 202000050
3 Water 2,5 202000051
4 Governance of Multi-Actor Problems 1,5 202200304
5 Calculus 1B 3 202001196
6 Introduction to Programming in Engineering 1 1 202000055
7 Project Blue Nile 4 202000054
Module description
Learning goals:

At the end of the moduleā€¦
  • The student knows important management aspects from natural water systems and concepts that are widely used in water management.
  • The student has insight in hydrological-, flow-, transport- and water quality processes that occur in water systems, and is able to describe these processes using mathematical models.
  • The student has gained insight into political and social aspects of water management problems, the sometimes contradictory social interests and how to handle them.
  • The student is able to develop and build analytical and numerical mathematical simulation models for different themes to make quantitative statements.
  • The student is able to conduct an exploratory broad problem analysis on a water management problem from different perspectives (technical, social, political) using knowledge and methods that are provided.
  • The student is able to execute a project as member of an advisory team and to present (partial)results of the project individually.

Content description:

The module Water Management focuses on the physical and governance 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 describe the behaviour of water systems quantitatively, ii) to simulate the dynamics of a water system using mathematical formulations and models and quantify the effects of changes in the natural system due to human interventions, and iii) to apply appropriate methods for stakeholder analysis and to incorporate stakeholder preferences into the weighting of alternatives.
The module therefore consists of the following parts:
  • Calculus 1B
  • Introduction to Programming in Engineering 1
  • Fluid Mechanics 1
  • Measurements in Fluid Mechanics (Practical)
  • Water
  • Governance of Multi-Actor Problems
  • Project Blue Nile
The project focuses on the design and management of a reservoir in the Blue Nile River regarding an optimal water distribution amongst different users in Ethiopia and Sudan. The students need to make a proposal for the design of a reservoir in project groups, taking into account different scenarios (e.g. with respect to meteorological conditions and user criteria). In the first orientation phase a Plan of Action is made for the project. Thereafter, a Broad Problem Exploration is carried out, focusing on the system analysis of the Blue Nile. Several perspectives
have to be included (technical and non-technical) using information about this specific case, computer models (Python) for simulating water system dynamics, technical knowledge about fluid mechanics and water management, and methods from governance of multi-actor problems. The students need to select a location for the dam based on this knowledge, design the dam and develop a simulation model (using Python) to optimize the management of the reservoir for specific scenarios.

Related to the project, several skills will be taught and applied, namely:
- Modelling using the Python programming language
- Professional skills (project organisation, searching for reliable information, oral presentation)
- Application of stakeholder analysis.

Assumed previous knowledge
(Additional) Requirement(s) for minor students: Maths A level and Physics A level

Beware! This module contains Math 1B , if this was already part of your program, you need to take a replacement course. Contact your program coordinator for more information
Module 2
Participating study
Bachelor Civil Engineering
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