- Class Number 1257
- Term Code 3320
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Sara Beavis
- Dr Leah Moore
- Dr Sara Beavis
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 06/02/2023
- Class End Date 06/03/2023
- Census Date 10/02/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 10/02/2023
- Dr Hong Xu
- Penny Godwin
Knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological processes involved when water in its many forms interacts with land is fundamental to managing natural resources and in dealing with the increasing environmental challenges confronting us in the 21st century. Faced with global change, an understanding of water science is increasingly important in relation to secure water supply; assessing water demand; safeguarding water quality in multi-use catchments and aquifers; maintaining human health; ensuring food and energy security; and sustaining the ecosystems which support us. Professionals who are aware of the concepts, principles and practices relevant to surface and groundwater hydrology and river processes are needed to work in a variety of water-related fields.
This course is structured around the water cycle and the concepts of mass and energy balance. The different pathways that water takes as it cycles through the atmosphere, biosphere and lithosphere are examined, as are the interactions of the cycle’s components and their influence on geomorphic and geochemical processes and ecological function. Surface and groundwater are considered as an integrated system, including both their flows and quality. Students will become familiar with hydrological processes and the techniques required to address water security and landscape management, with a focus on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Practicals, problem-solving workshops and field studies provide opportunities to develop skills in sampling, analysing and presenting data that relate to catchment characteristics, processes and change.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe hydrological processes, and their importance in environmental management;
- interpret the relationships between climate, water and the regolith which control water availability and quality;
- explain the principles of, and demonstrate field skills in, hydrological measurement;
- analyse practical examples of hydrology and landscape in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region;
- apply problem-solving methods and evaluate the relationship between raw data and the interpretation(s) that stem from them.
The research activities of the course convenor and lecturers inform and underpin this course. In practical classes, students will be working with real data derived from that research or from their own field measurements, as well as data held within the public domain.
There are both face-to-face (Cotter River, Captains Flat) and virtual (Captains Flat) field trips included in the teaching activities of the course. Please refer to the Course Program Overview on the Wattle for a full schedule of field trips.
In addition, please see the Fenner School Day Field Trip page for more general advice about field trips.
Additional Course Costs
There are no extra costs for students.
Examination Material or equipment
Students are permitted to use a non-progammable calculator, copies of lecture notes and powerpoints, and practical notebooks. For students for whom English is a second language, a dictionary without annotations is also permitted.
A non-programmable calculator will be useful for some practical classes.
Students are encouraged to read the recommended textbook, Davie, T. (2008) Fundamentals of Hydrology, Routledge, London. You should also look through relevant section of Gordon et al (2004) Stream hydrology for ecologists. Supplementary readings will also be posted on Wattle each week, and students are encouraged to read these, and to search the literature for relevant papers and reference material according to their interests and needs.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments on assignments;
- Written and verbal comments on group activities;
- Verbal feedback to the whole class on group activities and on assignments;
- Additional, individual feedback on request.
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture A: Introduction Lecture B: Water & the Hydrological Cycle Lecture C: Climate in our region Practical: Working with Data||Online quiz|
|2||Lecture A: Precipitation Lecture B: Evapotranspiration & interception Lecture C: Infiltration Practical: Rainfall Analysis||Online quiz|
|3||Lecture A: Soil water Lecture B: Groundwater Lecture C: Groundwater Flow Practical: Groundwater Measurement||Online quiz|
|4||Lecture A: Runoff Lecture B: Streamflow Lecture C: Sediment Transport Practical: Stream Flow Measurement and Analysis||Online quiz|
|5||Lecture A: Ecohydrology Lecture B: Water quality Lecture C: Biological indicator & water quality Practical: Monitoring water quality|
|6||Lecture A: Floods Lecture B: Urban Hydrology Lecture C: Coastal Hydrology Practical: Working with data||Online quiz|
|7||Lecture A: Virtual Field Tripping Lecture B: Captains Flat AMD Face-to face Field Trip: Cotter River Virtual Field Trip: Captains Flat (self directed activity)|
|8||Face-to face Field Trip: Cotter River Virtual Field Trip: Captains Flat (self directed activity)||Field report due 10 March|
|9||Face-to face Field Trip: Captains Flat|
|10||Course summary/revision /Q&A||Take home exam 24-25 February|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online quizzes||30 %||06/02/2023||17/02/2023||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|Field report||40 %||10/03/2023||24/03/2023||1,2,3,4,5,7|
|Take Home Examination||40 %||24/02/2023||24/03/2023||1,2,3,5,6|
* 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 Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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 Skills website. 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.
There is a take home exam for this course released on 24th February and to be submitted via Turnitin by midnight on the 25th February. The paper will comprise three parts reflecting the components of the course ( see the explanation of this under ‘assessment item 3).
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
In the first 6 days of the course, students will complete some problem solving exercises drawing on what has been learnt in the lectures using basic mathematics and statistics; data analysis using Excel, or simple observation and analysis. These exercises will be assessed via online quizzes which you need to complete daily.
Estimated return date: within three days of submission
Rubric: Please refer to course Wattle site
The date range for these tasks indicates the due date for the first exercise.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,7
(i) Field report based on Cotter River Field Trip
The field report will characterise a stream reach based on both field measurements and observations taken during a field trip to the Cotter River. You will be required to :
- take notes, photographs and make line drawings of sites along several reaches of a stream;
- measure stream velocity and cross sectional area at a number of sites from which to calculate stream discharge, and to determine stream form and stream width-depth ratios;
- measure water quality; and
- note stream bank stability and bed material
The report will include a description of the study area, and then provide details of the stream reach geomorphology and hydrology richly supported by data, drawings, and observations. Reference to the ANZECC water quality guidelines for the relevant use(s) MUST be applied to assess the ‘condition’ of the stream..
(ii) Field report based on the Captains Flat Virtual Field Trip
In lieu of a real-time field experience, this year, a limited number of students will undertake a Virtual Field Trip using Google Earth to access all relevant imagery, information and data. The site is located on the perimeter of the small mining township of Captains Flat just east of Canberra, where two phases of mining occurred in the late 19th century and mid 20th century. The field site is now what is called a legacy mine, with acid mine drainage causing long term concerns about the receiving environment. The principle aim of this virtual field trip is to provide you with the opportunity to understand the processes and impacts of acid mine drainage. The exercises undertaken will allow you to:
- determine the quality of water bodies and the different pathways of AMD at the mine site;
- interpret data and other relevant information to characterise a legacy mine site and identify hotspots of contamination.
- show the importance of understanding the mobility of heavy metals in the landscape for environmental protection and management
Full details of the Virtual Field Trip are provided on the course Wattle site. After navigating through the site, students write up a field report that characterises and assesses the site.
FOR BOTH OPTIONS
Word limit: 2000 words plus references and appendices
Estimated return date: Feedback provided within two weeks of submission
Rubric: Please refer to course Wattle site
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5,6
Take Home Examination
Released: 24 February 2023
Due Date: Midnight, 25 February 2023
There is take home exam that will be released at close of business on Friday 24th February, and needs to be be submitted by midnight on Saturday 25th February. The paper will comprise three (3) sections which will require students to (i) describe key hydrological concepts; (ii) solve problems using simple calculations; and (iii) interpret graphical data. Three (3) questions need to be answered, with at least one from each section of the paper. You need to submit the paper in Wattle via Turnitin.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
The quizzes are located on Wattle and are entirely online in terms of submission and grading. The field report AND the take home exam should be submitted using Turnitin on the course Wattle site. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.
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.
The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces, that are not the online examination on 26 February. If you need an extension, you must request it 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.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Feedback on assignments is provided within Turnitin and results are posted up on the Wattle gradesheet.
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
Resubmission of assignments is not permitted.
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).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Access and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Impacts of climate and land use ( including agriculture, mining, forestry and peri-urbanisation) on catchment hydrology and water and sediment quality.
Dr Sara Beavis
Dr Leah Moore
Dr Sara Beavis
Dr Hong Xu