• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Human Sciences
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sara Beavis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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An understanding of water is becoming increasingly important in relation to: water supply and demand; water quality in multi-use catchments; human health; and, ecosystem maintenance.  The terrestrial water cycle is both controlled by the landscape and creates landforms; the study of geomorphology assists in understanding the movement of water in the landscape.

 

The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of the water cycle, the hydrologic processes and landforms that are significant for using and managing the environment. The course not only examines water quantity and quality in terms of both surface and groundwater systems and processes, but also how water shapes the landscape through physical and biogeochemical processes.  In addition, the course examines the impacts of anthropogenic and natural factors on the pathways that water takes and the value of the resource.  Practicals, workshops and field work provide opportunities to develop skills in sampling, analysing and presenting data that relate to catchment characteristics and processes.

 

Honours Pathway Option

Subject to the approval of the course convener; students taking this option will be expected to complete alternative weekly readings and to be prepared to discuss this advanced material in tutorials and incorporate it into their major assignment/s.  All other assessment requirements remain the same.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. describe hydrological and associated geomorphic processes, and their importance in environmental management
  2. interpret the relationships between water and the regolith which control landform evolution and water quality
  3. explain principles of, and demonstrate field skills in, hydrological and geomorphic measurement
  4. describe and compare practical examples of hydrology and landscape in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
  5. appreciate the relationship between raw data and the interpretation(s) that stem from them, and how limited 

Indicative Assessment

  • Practical exercises to demonstrate use of basic mathematics and statistics in hydrology and landform evolution (30%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4,5)
  • Group-based field study and report to demonstrate field skills and data analysis  (30%; LO 2, 3, 4,5)
  • Two-hour open-book written exam (40%; LO 1, 2, 3,5)

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Workload

65 contact hours comprising lectures, practicals and fieldwork

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 Units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES2002 and ENVS2008.

Prescribed Texts

Davie, T.  (2008) Fundamentals of Hydrology, Routledge, London.

Strahler, A. (2010) Introducing Physical Geography (5th edition), Wiley.

 

Preliminary reading:

Gordon et al. (2004) Stream Hydrology: an introduction for ecologists, Wiley, Chichester, UK.

Strahler (as above) Chapters 2, 4, 13 & 15

 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4009 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person

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