Course Title: Advanced Hydrogeology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Hydrogeology

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CIVE1122

City Campus

Undergraduate

120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

CIVE1122

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Currell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0402

Course Coordinator Email: matthew.currell@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by e-mail


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The required prior study for this course is completion of CIVE1184 Hydrogeology.


Course Description

This course builds on the content and skills introduced in CIVE1184 Hydrogeology, providing more detail in relation to the mathematical treatment of problems in hydrogeology. In particular the course focusses on the use of groundwater flow and solute transport models in hydrogeology and environmental management. You will learn the theory underpinning groundwater modelling and its applications in the field of hydrogeology. This includes practical examples with scale models as well as analytical and numerical computer models of groundwater flow and solute transport.

You will then apply these techniques to a range of practical applications, including mine site environmental impact assessment, groundwater contamination investigations and water resources planning. You will become familiar with guidelines and protocols relevant to the use of groundwater models in professional practice and cover key aspects of the modelling process including conceptual model development, appropriate assignment of boundary conditions and model parameters, model calibration and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH080 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons):

1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify and elaborate the laws governing groundwater flow in porous media. 
  2. Design, implement and run analytical and numerical models of groundwater flow and solute transport.
  3. Interpret and critically analyse the outputs from groundwater models and apply findings from this to practical hydrogeology problems
  4. Demonstrate a professional approach to the reporting of analysed data, findings and recommendations from a groundwater modelling project


Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves a series of lecture/tutorial sessions and practical exercises. The majority of the face-to-face content is delivered during an intensive course during the mid-semester break. Students complete individual practical assignments during the intensive course, and sit a final theory exam at the end of semester.

Total study hours: Total of 48 teacher guided hours. It is recommended students conduct 5 hours per week of independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes, references and further reading material will be posted on the course web-site.
Groundwater modelling software will be available for use during and after practical sessions in the computer labs. The software is available on campus and remotely to complete tutorials and assignments.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on practical activities and a final exam which assesses theoretical and applied principles. All assessments are individual.

Note that:

 ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1:  Conceptual model and hydrogeology basics

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Groundwater modelling practical folio

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3:  Final Exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2 & 3