Unit description

This unit examines the movement of water through the global hydrological cycle. Topics include consideration of the atmospheric component of the global water cycle, investigating weather and climate, and the movement of water on and under the Earth's surface in hydrology. Techniques for the measurement and analysis of surface and sub-surface water and the effect this water has on stream and catchment development is investigated.

Unit content

The following topics will be discussed:

  • global hydrological cycle and water
  • the atmosphere: radiation and moisture
  • planetary scale circulation
  • regional and local climatic patterns
  • climatic classification
  • catchments and precipitation
  • interception and surface water flow
  • infiltration and evapotranspiration
  • groundwater hydrology
  • floods and flood analysis

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Field exercise10%
Exam: closed book40%


Teaching method
Residential session 2 days (1 week)
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Field exercise10%
Exam: closed book40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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