• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Environmental Studies, Engineering
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Brendan Hanger
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course EMSC3025
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course is of interest to students in science, environment, engineering, law and other disciplines because of the importance of groundwater as a resource and to our environment. The course will include the study of hydrologic balance, hydraulic properties of rocks and regolith, the theory and practice of groundwater flow in porous and fractured media, and the geochemistry of groundwater. Emphasis will be on the quantification of groundwater flow (distribution, velocity and flux of groundwater), its impact on surface water quality and the processes that affect groundwater geochemistry. There will be example applications for water resources, environmental impact, industrial/commercial development, mining and mineral exploration.

Laboratory: The practical component will include interpreting groundwater physical and chemical data, mapping groundwater flow, calculating the rates and volumes of groundwater flow, measurement and interpretation of groundwater geochemistry.

One or more field trips to local sites in the ACT and NSW may be held including a weekend trip to the Riverina area. There will be an independent project requiring independent study, a short seminar presentation and a written report.

 Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. make qualitative and quantitative predictions of where, how fast and how much water will move in soils, sediments, regolith and rocks at or near the surface of the Earth
  2. discuss some of the geochemical, physical and biological controls on how groundwater composition changes during various physical and geochemical processes such as evaporation, water-rock interaction and fluid mixing
  3. discuss some of aspects of groundwater in different geological environments and the present day problems related to Australian water resources e.g., salinity, groundwater quality, groundwater-surface water interaction
  4. at an advanced level, critically evaluate technical reports and journal articles
  5. synthesise key concepts in groundwater hydrology and/or hydrogeochemistry and apply them to complex natural environments

Other Information

In 2015 there will be 1-2 short fieldtrips to local areas. The weekend fieldtrip will not be held.
There will be a small cost for the fieldtrips.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Seven practical assignments to develop qualitative and quantitive skills ingroundwater hydrology and hydrogeochemistry (35%, LO 1-3)
  • Advanced level independent project seminar and written report (~5000 words) to critically evaluate literature, demonstrate research skills and discuss groundwater flow and/or hydrogeochemistry (30%, LO 2-5)
  • Final exam to test advanced understanding of hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry concepts, both individual and combined (35%, LO 1-3, 5)

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Workload

A maximum 26 hours of lecture and 10 hours of tutorial, plus up to 30 hours as a combination of practical exercies and field trip, plus up to 65 hours of independent study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level EMSC or CHEM courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EMSC3025 or GEOL3025.

Prescribed Texts

Fitts, Charles (2013) Groundwater Science

Preliminary Reading

Fetter, C.W. Applied Hydrogeology, 4th edition. Prentice Hall, 2001.


Freeze, R.A. and Cherry, J.A. Groundwater. Prentice Hall, 1979.

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1896 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person

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