GROUNDWATER - SUSTAINABILITY & CONTAMINATION

ENV3EGW

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers two aspects of water: groundwater (flow, recharge and discharge) and water chemistry (chemical processes influencing the composition of surface and groundwater) with a strong emphasis on environmental aspects and applications, including land contamination (e.g. land salination, acid mine drainage), and estimation and sustainability of water resources.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects GEO2EGW, GEO3EGW, ENV2EGW

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is co-taught with ENV2EGW, but uses lower order marking criteria than 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. Collect, collate and interpret groundwater flow data (e.g. determine the ability of aquifers to store and transmit water) and groundwater chemical data (eg solve approriate solubility and precipitation problems for a range of elements found in natural waters).

Activities:
End-of-semester examination (open book) and reports based on laboratory/practical classes and an excursion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

02. Using the physical and hydraulic parameters and properties of groundwater flow, solve complex constructed and real-world problems involving water flow and water chemistry.

Activities:
End-of-semester examination (open book) and reports based on laboratory/practical classes and an excursion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

03. Use numerical calculations and graphical representations to manipulate and interpret data and to solve complex hydrogeological problems.

Activities:
End-of-semester examination (open book) and reports based on laboratory/practical classes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

04. Present coherent explanations supported by evidence in grammatically correct prose and use of key vocabulary and concepts.

Activities:
Reports based on laboratory/practical classes and an excursion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Writing (Writing)

05. Demonstrate a respect for the work of others through appropriate citation and acknowledgment of data sources.

Activities:
Reports based on laboratory/practical classes and/or an excursion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of geochemistry of natural waters by using geochemical techniques to solve solubility and precipitation problems for a range of elements found in natural waters using geochemical techniques.

Activities:
End-of-semester examination (open book) and reports based on laboratory/practical classes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

07. Describe the separate aspects of hydrological cycle and recall details of these components, including both surface and underground components.

Activities:
End-of-semester examination (open book) and reports based on laboratory/practical classes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

08. Explain appropriate remediation techniques for groundwater contamination using the basic principles of contaminant transport in underground aquifers.

Activities:
End-of-semester examination (open book) and reports based on laboratory/practical classes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

09. Describe and recall the major groundwater resources of Victoria and the relevant Government structures for its usage and protection.

Activities:
End-of-semester examination (open book).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours practical 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.

Field Trip
One 1.0 days field trip per study period and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Laboratory/practical reports (equiv to 1500-words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
and one-excursion report (equiv to 500-words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
one 3-hour examination50 01, 02, 03, 06, 07, 08, 09