WRM-21312 Design in Land and Water Management 2


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. PR van Oel
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MJPM Riksen
S van der Kooij
dr. ir. K Metselaar
MSc L Pol
ing. HPA Gooren
dr. ir. GJA Veldwisch
dr. ir. HP Ritzema
MT Wessels
dr. ir. PR van Oel
Examiner(s)dr. ir. PR van Oel

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

SLM-11806 Design in Land and Water Management 1
SLM-10306 Land degradation and Remediation
WRM-10306 Irrigation and Water Management
HWM-21806 Introduction to Hydraulics
SLM-20306 Land and Water Engineering

Continuation courses:

BIL-3 courses.


The course “Design in Land and Water Management 2” is the final course in the second year of the BSc programme International Land and Water Management (BIL) and focuses on the design of measures in land and water management. You will engage in typical demands for technical assistance in the context of small scale irrigation development and of soil and water conservation. In the course you apply and integrate your knowledge and skills developed during preceding BIL-1 and BIL-2 courses. In addition, new planning and design elements to enhance your knowledge and skills in the domain of land and water engineering are introduced.

The course is based on the principles of demand-steered education: you will respond to demands for technical assistance from the ‘real’ world, i.e. from the Rau River Basin in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania, by developing meaningful intervention plans and designs. You will work in teams of ~6 students, and, by doing so, you will learn to cooperate effectively, you will develop your problem-solving capacities and you are stimulated to actively identify and express your demand for knowledge and skills.

The course consists of two blocks. In Block 1, you will refresh your knowledge and skills acquired in preceding courses, some new subjects will be introduced and you will make an appraisal of the land and water management conditions in the Rau River Catchment. The block will be completed with an appraisal report and a written exam. You have to pass this exam before you can start with Block 2. In Block 2, you will design interventions to improve the current land and water management practices. The block will be completed with a final report, a presentation by your group and an individual oral examination.

Teaching staff will introduce new subjects through lectures. They weekly meet student teams to discuss progress and challenges. When feasible teaching staff will respond to student requests by providing tailor-made lectures, information, advice, etc. In addition, coaches (other teaching staff) will guide teams in planning activities and overcoming other challenges in conducting group work. Apart from coaching and supervision, there will also be support from external experts. During the first part of Block 2, two experts from the Kilimanjaro region will act as resource persons and two highly experienced professionals will act as ‘chief technical advisers’.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- appraise the current land and water management situation in the case study area;

- formulate design criteria for an intervention plan;

- design appropriate technical measures to improve land and water management practices;

- assess the expected performance of the proposed measures at local and basin levels.


- lectures and tutorials;
- assignments;
- design practical;
- group work.


Block 1: Team product (25%) and an individual exam (15%).
Block 2: Team product (35%) and an individual defence and examination (25%).
All marks should be > 5.5.


- emodules and knowledgeclips, partly based on literature;
- individual reading assignments;
- group discussion sessions based on selected articles;
- PowerPoint presentations highlighting main topics
These learning tools are provided through an electronic learning environment that can be accessed via MyPortal.

Compulsory for: BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc5MO+6WD