Integrated Water Management

Course Information

The MEL is a 12-month degree starting in January. While 70 per cent of your Integrated Water Management courses will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 30 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills.

Many of the courses you take will adopt a flipped classroom format. This means that you will be expected to review course content ahead of classroom time, through readings or watching lecture videos. During classroom time, you’ll be engaged in discussions and activities to apply what you’ve learned. This could include case studies, group project work, and experiments and demonstrations.

integrated water management courses

Winter term: January to April

You must choose two electives during the program. Either both electives in the Winter Term, or one during the Winter Term and one during the Fall Term: IWME Technical Elective*

IWME 503: Chemical & Biological Water Treatment Design
This course introduces students to the chemical and biological technologies used for treating industrial wastewater. A basic understanding of the chemistry of industrial wastewater is fundamental to selecting the appropriate technology for treatment. Additionally, the course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of how to select, design, model and optimize a variety of processes for removing constituents of concern from wastewater produced in industries such as mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, agriculture, and food and beverage.

APPP 503: Organizational Leadership
Understand the behaviour of people and groups and how this applies to management and leadership within professional organizations. This course explores motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, leadership styles and tools for assessing organizational effectiveness. The course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

APPP 501: Project Management & Leadership
Develop skills for leading complex multidisciplinary projects by using management processes that include: project management frameworks, standards, planning, scheduling and estimating, communication and risk management. Case studies in industry-relevant project management will be incorporated into the course. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

Summer term: May to August

IWME 501: Environmental Fluid Mechanics – May & June
The course will introduce students to the basic principles of environmental fluid mechanics with emphasis on the effects of density stratification on flows in the environment. An understanding of the water quality, chemistry and biology of aquatics systems is not possible without a thorough grasp of the fluid mechanics of those systems. Case studies will emphasize the fundamental importance of environmental fluid mechanics to the management of aquatic systems. Topics include governing equations for incompressible, non-rotating flows of variable density, equations of motion for stratified fluids, selective withdrawal, flow over topography, estuarine and exchange flows and hydrodynamic stability.

IWME 502: Engineering Hydrology – May & June
This course will provide comprehensive coverage of the mechanisms governing water flow in a full suite of environmental situations. It will include physical and statistical prediction methods for design related to hydrologic systems, precipitation, evaporation, snow hydrology, infiltration and base flow, surface runoff, channel and storage routing and unit hydrograph methods.

APPP 504: Business Acumen for Technical Leaders (August Boot Camp)
An asset to the aspiring technical leader, business acumen is knowing how business works and applying that knowledge with the goal of business improvement. This Boot Camp offers an elevated perspective of how technical skills contribute to building value in a business. The course immerses aspiring technical leaders in the practical application of core business skills and the development of six core business competencies, which are presented as modules: Managerial Accounting, Strategy and Performance, Market Evaluation, Operations Management, Negotiations and Contract Management and Business-Case Building and Valuation. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

Fall term: September to December

You must choose two electives during the program. Either both electives in the Winter Term, or one during the Winter Term and one during the Fall Term: IWME Technical Elective*

IWME 504: Water & Wastewater Management Strategies
An understanding of microbial and chemical water quality is essential for any professional who wants to practice in the field. This course discusses the nature of contaminants, their sources and the techniques and analytical procedures for assessing and monitoring chemical and microbiological water quality. Equally important is a thorough understanding of water quality standards and current regulations around water and wastewater. The course will also deepen students’ ability to understand, analyze and quantify risk and asset management – crucial knowledge and part of a skill set that every water professional must have.

IWME 505: Water Resources Systems Planning & Management
This course explores the art and science of modelling for integrated water resources planning and optimization technologies and risk management techniques for day-to-day operations. The syllabus includes key aspects of optimization theory, currently used modelling technologies, strategies and techniques for problem formulation, design, validation and implementation of practical simulation and optimization models and risk-informed decision-making frameworks in stakeholder processes using real-life examples and applications.

Sauder Business Course
Students can choose a Sauder Business Course to gain greater exposure to a particular area of interest. Options include (subject to change):

BA580B – 201: Strategy & Innovation
This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations.

BASC 550: Operations and Logistics
This course will introduce students to the key concepts and tools needed to understand and effectively manage supply chains and business operations in general. A key concept in this course is the “business process”, and managing and improving such processes.

BAMA 505-001: Business Development
This course uses the Business Development = Sales = Essential skill for business people = everyone today is in the business of selling thinking. This course is focused on the learning of foundational skills with the intention of enabling students to create better and more successful selling encounters in whatever career they pursue.

APPP 502: Sustainability & Leadership
This course helps students build skills to lead change that influences the triple bottom line and explores concepts related to sustainability, change agency systems thinking, awareness and perspective for engagement and communication, adaptive leadership, and change dynamics. It also incorporates case studies in organizational and social change. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

IWME Technical Electives

You must take two electives during the program. Technical electives can be selected from the following list; if you wish to take an elective not on this list, you must first receive approval to do so from the Program Director.

APP 505 Analytics & Interpretation for Applied Science

CIVL 316 Hydrology and Open Channel Flow

CIVL 416 Environmental Hydraulics

CIVL 417 Coastal Engineering

CIVL 418 Engineering Hydrology

CIVL 542 Physical Limnology

CIVL 555 Operations and Heuristic Approaches for Civil Engineering Systems

CIVL 565 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes

CIVL 569 Biological Wastewater Treatment

CHBE 344 Unit Operations I

CHBE 345 Unit Operations II

CHBE 351 Transport Phenomena II

CHBE 373 Water Pollution Control

CHBE 560 Biological Engineering

CHBE 561 Particle Technology

CHBE 573 Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

EOSC 429 Groundwater Contamination

EOSC 430 Aqueous Geochemistry

EOSC 431 Groundwater Remediation

EOSC 533 Advanced Groundwater Hydrology

PLAN 597 Planning for Water Resources Management

RMES 515 Integrated Watershed Management

RMES 516 Urban Watershed Management

RMES 518 Water in International Development

FRST 588 Fluvial Eco-hydrology

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