Not offered in 2019

Unit description

Extends and applies a student's knowledge of hydrology, geology and chemistry to investigate the way in which surface hydrology, sub-surface geology and human activities influence the properties of groundwater. The unit seeks to develop an advanced conceptual understanding, and skills in field investigation, laboratory analysis and computer modelling, of groundwater systems.

Unit content

Aquifer geology and sedimentology

Hydraulics of groundwater flow

Geochemical characteristics of groundwater

Isotope hydrogeology

Groundwater-surface water connectivity

Coastal groundwater systems

Field methods for groundwater investigations

Contaminant transport in groundwater systems

Numerical modelling of groundwater systems

Groundwater use, 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

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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