• Class Number 8720
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr John Mavrogenes
    • Dr Bradley Opdyke
    • AsPr John Mavrogenes
    • Dr Cara Moore
    • Sharon Gray
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

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. There will be an independent project requiring independent study, a short seminar presentation and a written report.


Honours Pathway Option

Additional readings of greater conceptual difficulty requiring an advanced scientific understanding will be made available for students enrolled in the Honours pathway option (HPO). 20 per cent of the marks available on the exam will be answers to alternate questions for HPO students. Integration of this material in the independent project will be expected.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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. critically evaluate technical reports and journal articles
  5. synthesise key concepts in groundwater hydrology and/or hydrogeochemistry to understand water resources

Research-Led Teaching

There will be numerous opportunities for research-led teaching in the course, including the examination of recent research articles and reports (and their data), as well the

opportunity for independent study. Additionally, the two field trips will be related to current research that is occurring in those areas.

Field Trips

Two field trips will be held, one 1-day trip virtual field trip in the Lake George/Bungendore area and a 2-day field trip to the Monaro immediately prior to the mid-semester break (or an alternative research-based task if required). Further details will be provided in class and on Wattle. Cost will cover logistics and consumables. Proposed dates are Saturday 22 August and Saturday/Sunday 19/20 September.

Additional Course Costs

Field Trip costs payable via Scienceshop

Examination Material or equipment

Further details on the linked theory and practice examination will be provided in class and on Wattle during the semester.

A list of recommended textbooks will be provided in class and placed on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments and results on submitted assessment pieces (practical and field trip reports).
  • Verbal feedback to the class, small groups or individuals.
  • Other methods as required.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

An Honours Pathway Option (HPO) exists for this course, and will consist of extra questions on the assessment reports. Please let me know if you are interested in taking up

this option.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Weekly activities: 1 x 1 hour lecture on Monday from 12-1 pm. A pre-recorded Lecture with associated readings and digital resources 1 x 2 hour tutorial on Wednesday from 3-5 pm. One hour ANU Zoom session followed by one hour supported task completion, or digital discussion session. 1 x 2 hour practical on Thursday from 12-2 pm in the Jaeger 8 Building room 1.02 starting from Week 1 (sessions will also be filmed and posted to the LEO site). One x 1-day virtual field trip and one x 2-day field trip (in field or an alternative depending on COVID-19 restrictions) will be conducted to the Lake George area and the Monaro respectively, on weekends during the semester. There will be field reporting, a technical project requiring independent study and teamwork, the production of a vodcast (video-podcast) presentation and some Workshop-based assessment.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Workshop Tasks x4 20 % * * 1,2,3
Field Reporting 1 - Lake George/Bungedore area 15 % 31/08/2020 14/09/2020 1,2,3
Field Reporting 2 - Monaro 15 % 06/10/2020 19/10/2020 1,2,3
Vodcast Presentation 15 % 22/10/2020 05/11/2020 2,3,4,5
End of Semester Linked Theory and Practice examination 35 % 05/11/2020 05/12/2020 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Workshop Tasks x4

Details of all practical and assessment items will be distributed in the relevant class and made available on Wattle.

Value: 4 x 5% (total 20%)

Due: Sunday 11.55pm; following relevant Workshop

Returned: 2 weeks after submission

There are 4 tasks due over the semester. It is intended that the marked tasks will be returned within 2 weeks after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 31/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 14/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Field Reporting 1 - Lake George/Bungedore area

Details of all practical and assessment items will be distributed in the relevant class and made available on Wattle.

Due: Online Monday one week after field weekend

Returned: 2 weeks after submission

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 06/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 19/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Field Reporting 2 - Monaro

Details of all practical and assessment items will be distributed in the relevant class and made available on Wattle.

Due: Online Tuesday 2 weeks after field weekend

Returned: 2 weeks after submission

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 22/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 05/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

Vodcast Presentation

Details of the vodcast project will be distributed in the relevant class and made available on Wattle.

Due: Individual presentations in-class Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October - includes peer review

Returned: 2 weeks after submission

Assessment Task 5

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 05/11/2020
Return of Assessment: 05/12/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

End of Semester Linked Theory and Practice examination

An examination will be held at the end of the semester, full details will discussed in class early in the semester.

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

EMSC3025 will require submission of the Video-Podcast on a clearly labeled thumb drive, or via an onlline dropbox/Onedrive or equivalent, prior to or at the time of your Presentation (Wednesday 21/Thursday 22 October) as the files are typically too large to be viewed effectively on Wattle.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned through Wattle as annotated pdf files.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not permitted

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr John Mavrogenes

Research Interests

AsPr John Mavrogenes

Dr Bradley Opdyke

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Dr Bradley Opdyke

AsPr John Mavrogenes

Research Interests

AsPr John Mavrogenes

Dr Cara Moore
6125 7832

Research Interests

Dr Cara Moore

Sharon Gray
612 53406

Research Interests

Sharon Gray

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