GROUNDWATER - SUSTAINABILITY & CONTAMINATION

ENV2EGW

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Groundwater (water beneath the earth's surface) is a crucial resource in many parts of the world for urban and agricultural use, and its importance is increasing as surface water supplies become over-exploited. This subject covers how groundwater moves (flow, recharge and discharge) and the chemical processes influencing its composition (e.g. evaporation, weathering, mineral precipitation). There is a strong emphasis on environmental aspects and applications, particularly groundwater contamination (including salinisation and acid mine drainage) and estimation and sustainability of groundwater resources.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENV3EGW

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is co-taught with ENV3EGW, but ENV3EGW uses different marking criteria that assess a higher order of thinking (explain, analyse, relate, apply) than is expected in ENV2EGW.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPhysical and chemical hydrogeologyRecommendedDomenico, P.A. and Schwartz, F. W.WILEY 1990.
ReadingsThe geochemistry of natural watersRecommendedDrever, J. I.3RD EDN, PRENTICE HALL 1997.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe the parameters that control the ability of aquifers to store and transmit groundwater, and understand the techniques used to measure these parameters.

Activities:
Introduction of techniques and concepts in lectures and more detailed explanation in the laboratory/practical sessions. Example problems discussed and demonstrator assistance available during laboratory/practical sessions, along with guidelines for lab reports. Multiple lab/practical reports give students opportunity to receive feedback and improve the quality of their work. End-of-semester examination and reports based on laboratory/practical classes.

02. Analyse the physical and hydraulic parameters and properties of groundwater flow in order to solve complex constructed and real-world problems involving groundwater resources.

Activities:
Introduction of techniques and concepts in lectures and more detailed explanation in the laboratory/practical sessions. Example problems discussed and demonstrator assistance available during laboratory/practical sessions, along with guidelines for lab reports. Multiple lab/practical reports give students opportunity to receive feedback and improve the quality of their work. End-of-semester examination and reports based on laboratory/practical classes.

03. Apply the principles and techniques of geochemistry to interpret the composition of groundwater, including solving solubility and precipitation problems for a range of dissolved species found in natural and contaminated waters, and assessing the appropriate remediation techniques for groundwater contamination

Activities:
Introduction of techniques and concepts in lectures and more detailed explanation in the laboratory/practical sessions. Example problems discussed and demonstrator assistance available during laboratory/practical sessions, along with guidelines for lab reports. Multiple lab/practical reports give students opportunity to receive feedback and improve the quality of their work. End-of-semester examination and reports based on laboratory/practical classes.

04. Analyse groundwater hydraulic and chemical data collected in the field using numerical calculations and graphical representations, in order to prepare a written report on the results using appropriate organisation and referencing.

Activities:
Reinforcement of techniques and concepts provided in lectures and practicals with onsite explanation during the excursion; demonstrator assistance also available. Guidelines for excursion report given to students.

05. Describe the major groundwater resources of Victoria and the relevant government controls on their usage and protection

Activities:
Concepts and details explained in lectures and reinforced in the laboratory/practical sessions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Field Trip Week: 20 - 20
One 1.0 days field trip per study period on sunday during the day from week 20 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3-hour end-of-semester open book examination40 01, 02, 03
One individual excursion rpt (500-word equiv) 18%; data collection in gps of 4 students 2% teamwork.20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory/practical exercises (10 reports equiv to 1000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 05