Water in a Thirsty World

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

In this course you will take the journey of water - how it began, and its availability today in light of global warming and urbanization. You will see that the natural environment is reaching a threshold, and the impact that has for us and the water supplies that we rely on. We will answer the questions -what are organisations and policy makers doing to secure our water future? How is society working together towards climate resilience? We’ll look at examples from around the world, learn about a vast range of technologies like desalination, and you’ll understand what’s involved in sustainable thinking and decision making. We’ll also explore the world of wastewater, and how its treatment is vital to the protection of health and the environment; and how wastewater can be recycled into pure drinking water.

Course Instructors

Rima Itani

Rima is a Planning Engineer for a major Western Australian water authority. She currently specialises in the area of Wastewater and Environmental Management. Rima has also worked on climate change water projects that have influenced government policies and adapted Western Australia’s approach to managing surface water in a drying climate. Rima’s professional career spans 10 years, half of which has been dedicated to engaging the community and government agencies to come to important decisions about education, water management and climate resilience. Rima is currently completing her Master’s degree in Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering. She holds two bachelor degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management.

Course Description

What's it about?

In this course you will take the journey of water - how it began, and its availability today in light of global warming and urbanization.

You will see that the natural environment is reaching a threshold, and the impact that has for us and the water supplies that we rely on. We will answer the questions -what are organisations and policy makers doing to secure our water future? How is society working together towards climate resilience?

In this course you will take the journey of water - how it began, and its availability today in light of global warming and urbanization.

You will see that the natural environment is reaching a threshold, and the impact that has for us and the water supplies that we rely on. We will answer the questions -what are organisations and policy makers doing to secure our water future? How is society working together towards climate resilience?

We’ll look at examples from around the world, learn about a vast range of technologies like desalination, and you’ll understand what’s involved in sustainable thinking and decision making. We’ll also explore the world of wastewater, and how its treatment is vital to the protection of health and the environment; and how wastewater can be recycled into pure drinking water.

What's involved?

Module 1Should We Go with the Flow on This One?
6 videos, 5 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Clever Forever: Water Planning and Sustainable Thinking
6 videos, 5 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Multiply the Supply: Developing New Water Sources
6 videos, 5 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4Manage Water like a Boss: Global Applications
7 videos, 6 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • You will learn about climate change and urbanisation and its impact on the water cycle
  • What climate change means for people and the environment in terms of water, and what the world is doing about it
  • What Renewable Energy means for the Water Cycle as a solution to Climate Change
  • How water and wastewater is piped and treated; and how to manage treated wastewater
  • How to be climate resilient by using seawater and wastewater as new water sources
  • What can be done to save drying dams
  • You will learn the following using the successes and failures of case studies from North America, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East:
    • How to plan for water and wastewater infrastructure
    • What’s involved in sustainable thinking and decision making
    • The World Water Agenda, and how countries are meeting or falling short on their targets
    • Why Stakeholder and Community Engagement is so vital to water goals
    • The importance of sustainable Catchment Management, and what can happen if we cannot diversify the water supply

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 2 hours 35 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

If you love this course, why not take your studies further? Here are some accredited qualifications that could help you achieve your goals.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Planning engineer
  • Scientist
  • Policy advisor
  • Project manager
  • Safety coordinator
  • Ecologist

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