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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe aspects and dynamics of hydrology and climatology, such as atmospheric moisture, soil moisture, and groundwater, and explain the linkages between the atmosphere and hydrosphereIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2collect and analyse hydrological and climatological dataIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3apply these data to hydrological and climatological problem solving.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe aspects and dynamics of hydrology and climatology, such as atmospheric moisture, soil moisture, and groundwater, and explain the linkages between the atmosphere and hydrosphere
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. collect and analyse hydrological and climatological data
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply these data to hydrological and climatological problem solving.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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