GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Management (8)

In this subject students are introduced to a wide range of practical and theoretical concepts pertinent in the science and management of groundwater. Topics covered include: the water cycle, hydrogeology, groundwater recharge / discharge determination, groundwater conceptual modelling, an array of monitoring and sampling methods, groundwater microbiology, groundwater geophysics, groundwater pollution, and groundwater and soil remediation. Students are then introduced to a range of groundwater management approaches including resource allocation, quality protection, and sustainability. This subject has no residential school. On completion students will be able to critically apply a variety of conceptual and practical frameworks that are commonly used to underpin current approaches to addressing groundwater problems in a mining or primary production context.

Availability

Session 2 (60)
Online
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GEO305. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Environmental Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

GEO3%% or greater

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an in-depth understanding of the key concepts associated with groundwater including groundwater and its relationship to the hydrological system, the movement of water in the earth, and the properties of, and flows associated with groundwater
  • have an in-depth understanding of theories and tools associated with estimation of groundwater flows and volumes
  • have specialised skills in the practical aspects of groundwater analysis and management
  • will be able to critically apply a variety of conceptual and practical frameworks that are commonly used to underpin current approaches to addressing groundwater problems in a mining or primary production context.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • groundwater and the hydrological cycle
  • the movement of water in the earth
  • the properties of, and flows associated with groundwater
  • Estimating goundwater flows and volumes
  • Approaches to anslysing groundwater analysis
  • conceptual and practical frameworks that underpin sound groundwater management
  • Case studies of current approaches to managing groundwater issues

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GEO305 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Assignment 1 (online quiz)
15
2
Assignment 2 presentation and fact sheet
50
3
Assignment 3 (take home exam)
35

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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