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Dynamics of Water, Energy and Natural Resources

Code: 104253 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2503710 Geography, Environmental Management and Spatial Planning OB 3 1
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Jordi Nadal Tersa

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:



Objectives and Contextualisation

The subject will focus in the first place on drawing a conceptual and theoretical approach to the question of the use and management of natural resources and the debate on the limits of growth. Next, two central topicsrelated to resources will be discussed in depth: the management of the water cycle and the planning and management of resources and energy systems.


  • Draw up action and intervention plans in the territory which respond to sociodemographic and environmental problems.
  • Generate innovative and competitive proposals in professional activity.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  • Students must develop the necessary learning skills to undertake further training with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Work cooperatively in multidisciplinary teams.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the water cycle from a physical, socioeconomic and systematic viewpoint.
  2. Generate innovative and competitive proposals in professional activity.
  3. Identify the limits to growth related to the access and use of natural resources.
  4. Identify the relationships between socioeconomic development, environmental sustainability and availability and access to natural resources.
  5. Incorporate the different environmental, political and economic dimensions in a conceptual reflection of natural resources.
  6. Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  7. Students must develop the necessary learning skills to undertake further training with a high degree of autonomy.
  8. Work cooperatively in multidisciplinary teams.


1. The natural cycle: Hydrological system and Energy systems: Definition, components and requirements

2. The social and territorial aspects of natural resources: water and energy

3. Commodification of resources, water and energy

 4. Resources and conflicts

5. Planning and management of energy systems

6. The change of model



The methodology is based on:


Directed activities, carried out in the classroom (theoretical and practical lessons) and field trip

Supervised activities consist of tutorials and supervision of the tasks assigned

Autonomous activities, based on reading, studying and carrying out the tasks assigned by the professors

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Field Trip 8 0.32 3, 4, 7
Practices 14.5 0.58 1, 2, 8
Teorethical lessons 25.5 1.02 1, 5, 7, 6
Type: Supervised      
Practices and reports 20 0.8 1, 2, 3, 7, 6, 8
Type: Autonomous      
Making Final Report 30 1.2 2, 7, 6
Making practices 25 1 1, 4, 5
Reading and study 25 1 3, 5, 7


The evaluation of the subject is done based on: exam, practices and final report. The weight is distributed:


Exam: 35%

Practical exercises / possibly oral presentations: 30%

Final report: 35%

 The final mark will be based on the weighted average of the three activities, but: you must have passed the exam and the practical exercises, otherwise the subject will be failed. It will be necessary to respect the delivery dates of the works established by the professors.


Revision of marks

At the time of each assessment activity, the teacher will inform the student (Moodle) of the procedure and date of review of grades.



You can retake the exam and practice exercises (not oral presentations, if they are done). Unable to retrieve final report.


Not assessed

Those who have not submitted the exam or the final report are considered non-assessable. Activities not delivered will have a mark of zero (0)



1. In the event that the tests cannot be carried out in person, their format will be adapted (maintaining their weighting) to the possibilities offered by the UAB’s virtual tools. Homework, activities and class participation will be done through forums, wikis and / or discussion discussions through Teams, etc. The teacher will ensure that the student can access it or offer alternative means, which are available to them.


2. The copying or plagiarism of material, both in the case of work and examinations, constitute a crime that will be punished with zero to the activity. In case of recidivism, the whole subject will be suspended. Remember that a work that reproduces all or most of the work of another classmate is considered a "copy". For its part, "Plagiarism" isthe act of presenting all or part of a text by an author as his own,without citing sources, whether on paper or in digital format. The UAB documentation on "plagiarism" can be consulted at this link: http://wuster.uab.es/web_argumenta_obert/unit_20/sot_2_01.html.TT


Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Exam 35% 1.5 0.06 1, 4, 5, 7, 6
Practices and reports 30% 0.5 0.02 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
Repport 35% 0 0 2, 3, 4, 7, 6, 8



Borja, Jordi, 2010, Llums i ombres de d’urbanisme de Barcelona, Empúries

Cortina, Albert, 2010, Nova cultura del territori i ètica del paisatge, Consell Assessor per al desenvolupament sostenible.

Bru, Josepa, 1997, Medio ambiente poder y espectáculo, Icaria.

Nel·lo,Oriol, 2003, Aquí no! Conflictes territorials de Catalunya, Empúries.

Anuari territorial de Catalunya, 2009, Societat Catalana d’Ordenació del Territori, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

Diputació de Barcelona, Els processos de l'agenda 21 Local en els municipis de Barcelona. Manuals (3 vol.).

Folch,Ramon, 2003, El territorio como sistema, conceptos y herramientas de ordenacción. Col·lección Territorio y gobierno. Visones num 3 DIBA Xarxa demunicipis.

Boada, Martí i Saurí, David, 2003, El canvi global. Ed. Rubes.

Cerdán, Rufí i altres, 2004, Anàlisi del paisatge del Bages, Perspectives territorials 6, DPTOP, 13-22.

Esteban, Juli, 2001, L'ordenació urbanística: Unitats, eines i pràctiques, Col·lecció espai públic urbà. DIBA.

DMAH 2010, Balanç i perspectives de l’avaluació ambiental a Catalunya


Regulatory framework

Decret Legislatiu 1/2005, de 26 de juliol, pel qual s'aprova el Text refós de la Llei d'urbanisme

Directiva 2001/42/CE d’avaluació ambiental de plans i programes

Ley 9/2006 de evaluación de planes y programas que pueden afectar el medio ambiente.

Llei 8/2005 de protecció, gestió i ordenació delpaisatge de Catalunya

Llei 6/2009 d'avaluació ambiental de plans i programes

RDL 1/2008 de evaluación de impacto ambiental de proyectos






DTES Planificació territorial

DTES Avaluació ambiental de plans i infraestructures


None specific beyond the one used during the first two years of the degree.