• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sara Beavis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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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.


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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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 or poor quality data influence management decisions.
  6. assess how the balance between water availability, supply and quality informs natural resource management.
  7. predict the interactions between water and landform under a range of different scenarios

Indicative Assessment

•Practical exercises to demonstrate use of basic mathematics and statistics in hydrology and landform evolution (30%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4,5,6)

•Group based field study and individual report to demonstrate field skills and data analysis (30%; LO 2, 3, 4, 5)

•Research essay (40%; LO 1, 2, 3,5, 6)

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65 contact hours comprising lectures, practicals and fieldwork


Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES6006 or SRES6007 or ENVS6206 or ENVS6208 or ENVS6022.

Prescribed Texts

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

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



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Student Contribution Band:
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.

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.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2389 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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