LWS 548 – Major Project

Course Description

LWS 548 (Major Project, 6 credits) is the capstone course for the professional Master of Land and Water Systems (MLWS) program. The academic expectation of LWS 548 is a demonstration by the candidates that they can formulate and articulate a water or land resource concern or issue, and develop a framework that analyzes the issue, provides a synthesis of how the issue may be addressed and provides recommendations for the resolve of the concern or issue. The analysis will consist largely, but not exclusively, of existing (published) information and integration with relevant field experience.

Each student enrolled in LWS 548 will be supervised by a UBC faculty member, with potential of co-supervision from an approved adjunct or professional (can be drawn from the MLWS Professional Advisor Group).

Final Report:

The Major Project will involve a final report and an oral presentation to fellow students and to members of the instructional staff of the MLWS Program. The report guidelines include the following sections:

1) Introduction, stating the subject matter of concern and a context of the issue,

2) a pertinent literature analysis and synthesis,

3) a problem statement and an outline of the approach taken to address the stated problem/issue,

4) results, analysis and synthesis,

5) discussion/summary and recommendations, followed by

6) pertinent references and literature cited.


Important: Students are encouraged to utilize online and digital technologies to present their final reports in creative, interactive ways. Examples include: the creation of a website or blog and allowing comments/feedback from colleagues, using photo series/video to introduce different concepts, digital mapping, moving graphs, etc.

Course Syllabus


Past Student Projects

Looking for ideas for your project? View students’ past Major Projects on our Project page.