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HYD200 Hydrogeology (8)


The aim of this subject is to examine how groundwater fits subsurface phase into the global hydrologic cycle and to introduce the physical characteristics and processes that govern the storage and flow of water through various geologic media and settings. This subject also focuses on methods of analysing hydrogeologic flow systems and measuring aquifer properties and potential for exploitation.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment restrictions


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to describe in detail the role of groundwater in the water cycle and its components;
Be able to demonstrate understanding of occurrence and stage of groundwater within geologic media;
Be able to demonstrate understanding of field methods and to use data analysis techniques to estimate hydrogeologic parameters and hydrogeologic properties;
Be able to describe the theory and explain the mechanisms of groundwater movement;
Be able to show comprehensive knowledge of field experiments for hydrogeologic testing and groundwater wells;
Be able to explain how surface-groundwater interaction takes place.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Introduction to hydrogeologic formations including their types and properties; Groundwater movement - groundwater mechanics, Darcy's law, hydraulic conductivity and transmissivity, homogeneity and isotropy; General flow equations for confined and unconfined flow; Groundwater recharge; Field methods - well drilling, well design and development, monitoring wells and measuring water levels and pumping test; Principle of geophysics and geophysical surveys; Groundwater flow to wells; Groundwater budget and groundwater mining and its effects; Groundwater salinity and land degradation issues; Surface-groundwater interactions from surface water bodies.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. Laboratory and fieldwork


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.