Environmental and Water Science

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental and Water Science

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4 - 5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6 - 7.5
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes

    By the end of this module, students should be able to:
    Identify, describe and explain the main hydrological processes;precipitation, interception, evaporation, runoff and infiltration, and factors which influence these processes in space and time
    Describe and estimate areal rainfall from point measurements.
    Discuss the influence of human activities on catchment hydrology.
    Identify, describe and explain the physical characteristics of a soil
    Clarify the mineralogy of soils.
    Explain the chemistry of soils in general and clay minerals in
    particular and apply them in different projects
    Illustrate how a soil?s physical characteristics affect its susceptibility to erosion
    Demonstrate their ability to apply the various techniques of physical soil analyses in given scenario
    Interpret analytical results from experiments and present these through oral and written report

    Main Content

    Hydrologic cycle, and drainage basin characteristics
    Rainfall characteristics, their measurement and estimation
    Evaporation processes and their measurement
    Interception and Runoff formation and their analyses
    The influence of human activities on catchment hydrology
    General fluvial geomorphology, river health monitoring and river rehabilitation
    The physical characteristics of soils and soil water
    Soil mineralogy and chemistry
    Analytical Soil Techniques

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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