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Unit description

Explores the science and management of groundwater systems by extending and applying knowledge of hydrology, geology and chemistry. Students will develop an advanced conceptual understanding, and skills in field investigation, laboratory analysis and computer modelling, of groundwater systems. Students will also learn to evaluate natural and anthropogenic impacts on groundwater sustainability, including impacts of climate change, and propose suitable management strategies.

Unit content

Groundwater and the hydrologic cycle

Aquifer characterisation

Field methods for groundwater investigations

Groundwater hydrogeochemistry

Groundwater-surface water interaction

Numerical modelling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport

Groundwater management and protection

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

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Study Period 6

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Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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