• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Environmental Studies, Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr John Mavrogenes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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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. 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

Other Information

There will be two field trips in the local area, one single-day trip to Bungendore and surrounds, and another overnight trip to the Snowy Mountains region. There may be a small cost for these trips (2019 cost was approximately $160).

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshop Activities (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Field Trip Reports (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Research Project (15) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Theory Examination (35) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour practical and 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week.
  • Field trips (see other information).
  • Approximately 54 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.


Current statement: A maximum of 13 hours of lecture, 52 hours of workshop (blended tutorial and practical) and 3 field days; plus up to 65 hours of independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Students in this course must typically participate in approximately 3 days of field trips, which may include an overnight stay. This requires students to:

  • Travel to the field location and stay in field accommodation such as basic cabins or dorm rooms.
  • Safely traverse short distances (approximately 10-500m) over uneven ground.

Students who are unable to meet these requirements may be able to partially participate in the trip or negotiate alternative participation and assessment requirements with the course convenor. Please see the trip information page for more information.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed or be currently studying 24 units of EMSC, ENVS, MATH, ENGN or CHEM courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GEOL3025 or EMSC6025.

Prescribed Texts

Fitts, Charles (2013) Groundwater Science, 2nd Edition. Elsevier Academic Press

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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:
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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8720 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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