OLP203 - Rainwater Harvesting and Management

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Subject Title
Rainwater Harvesting and Management

Subject Description
In this new course, which is applicable across a wide range of trades and professional practice, the foundation of rainwater harvesting and management (RWH/M) are covered.  As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed areas and in particular, large urban centers.  Using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner. Upon completion of this course participants are prepared to write the Rainwater Harvesting & Management certification exam of the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management. (CANARM.org)

Topics include:

  • Access to quality drinking water world-wide and at ?home?
  • Processes for harvesting and managing rainwater
  • Rainwater availability
  • Regulations governing system implementation
  • Components of RWH/M systems
  • Design parameters of RWH/M systems
  • Certification in RWH/M

Who should consider this course?
  • Landscape architects, architects, engineers, and landscape/garden designers
  • Irrigation, water treatment, roofing, gutter and siding, and plumbing trades specialists
  • Permaculturists, farmers, community garden organizers
  • Land planners, decision-makers in municipal offices, educators.

Credit Status
One credit (42 hours) toward the Organic Land Care Professional – Level 2 Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic principles of rainwater harvesting and management Create ecologically sound landscape designs that also meet the needs of the clients
  2. Understand environmental considerations and problems related to rainwater: watershed and local systems, both short and long-term Employ industry standards in the design and specifications for hardscape elements
  3. Understand and describe end uses for rainwater management systems
  4. Complete calculations required for system design
  5. Know and understand national codes and regulations for rainwater harvesting, storage, and dispersal
  6. Prepare basic outlines and component lists for common rainwater system design
  7. Meet or exceed expectations required for certification through the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management (CANARM).

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Module 1:  Introduction to Rainwater Management
Module 2:  Components of a RWH/M System
Module 3:  Catchment and Conveyance Calculations
Module 4:  Demand/Use Calculations
Module 5:  Storage and Sizing Calculations
Module 6:  Infiltration and Overflow
Module 7:  Codes, Regulations, and Guidelines
Module 8:  Rainwater Quality and Treatment
Module 9:  Pressurized Distribution Systems
Module 10:  Overflow Handling
Module 11:  Stormwater Management
Module 12:  Rainwater System Management
Module 13:  Rainwater Harvesting System Design

Mode of Instruction
This course will be delivered via the internet. Provided are the online materials, group discussions and consultation with your instructor via the online course platform. Students will be responsible for completing all online activities and participating in group discussions and working online, assigned readings, quizzes, assignments, as required.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams/Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components.

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Assignments and Grading

Detailed assignment pages will be available for each assignment.

Discussion Board Commentaries and Responses (8) 16%
Skill-building Assignments (10) 44%
Projects (2)  40%

 A passing grade in this course requires a total of 100% for all tests (multiple attempts are encouraged) and a minimum of 75% for the total written assignments and a minimum of 75% for the discussion participation.  A certificate of completion with a final grading of Excellent (over 90%) or Satisfactory (75 – 89%) will be awarded when the minimum passing grade has been achieved. Below passing grade of 75% constitutes a failing grade (Unsatisfactory).

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.


Approved by: Denis Gravelle