• Class Number 2839
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Topic Environmental Fluids and Processes
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Leah Moore
    • Dr Leah Moore
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This is a shell course that allows the delivery of developing environment, society and sustainability curriculum content to groups of students over intensive or semester long formats. An academic lead of each developing curriculum content (topic) develops teaching content, assessment and management. Each topic varies, reflecting the interests, authority and expertise of those teaching the course. The mode of delivery and location of this courses varies. Some topics are taught intensively, others are taught seminar-long. The content will provide students with study opportunities not covered in other courses taught in the Fenner School of Environment & Society or elsewhere in the University. Depending on the topic, students may be required to take part in lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, discussion groups, field trips and other activities. Assessment and work integrated learning opportunities will differ between each offering.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Pursue a sustained, guided critical investigation and evaluation of a topic relevant to the environment, society and/or sustainability.
  2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodology and/or evidence, analyse data using appropriate methods and tools, and draw appropriate evidence-based conclusions.
  3. Critically evaluate their own work and results as well as published research. 
  4. Communicate research concepts and results effectively in appropriate formats.

Field Trips

Bungendore town water supply monitoring bore field

Scrivener Dam

Examination Material or equipment

Not applicable

Required Resources

Fluid mechanics for civil and environmental engineers by Ahlam I. Shalaby

A series of resources will be available on the course Wattle site.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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). 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction and Fluid properties; Environmental context and natural waters; common rocks Week 1 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
2 Fluid statics and buoyancy; Properties of porous media Week 2 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
3 Fluid kinematics and Reynolds number; Groundwater overview Week 3 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
4 Fluid dynamics - Bernoulli; Hydraulic conductivity Week 4 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
5 Fluid dynamics - Energy; What happens when it rains?; Pre-field trip briefing Week 5 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
6 Mapping groundwater flow Assessment: Field trip report 20%
7 Fluid flow- Centrifugal pump; Fluid movement in the critical zone - Infiltration Week 7 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
8 Fluid flow - Momentum: RAM pump; Field trip debrief Week 8 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
9 Open Channels; Australian rainfall and runoff database Week 9 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
10 Close Channels - Flow in pipes; Aquifer properties Week 10 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
11 Fluid flow gravity currents Week 11 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)
12 Computational EFM Week 12 competency: 10 point (counted for 30% workshop competencies)

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 10 % 1,2,3,4,5
Assignment - Formal report 20 % 2,3,4
Workshop Competency 30 % 1,2,3,5
Final practical and theory examinations 40 % 1,2,3,4,5

* 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:

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 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.


To be discussed and confirmed with the supervisor. There is no assessable participation requirement of this course. However, students are strongly encouraged to attend regular meetings with their supervisor.


There is no formal examination associated with this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


There will be two online quizzes before and after mid-semester break. The quizzes are used to assess the understanding of the fluid mechanics part. Five best workshop quizzes count

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Assignment - Formal report

The assignment is based on a field trip focussed on the groundwater aquifer system. It will combine data collection, analysis, and interpretation learned through this course. The report should be written in the style of a scientific journal article which is due at the end of semester 1. Individual report, submitted to wattle via Turnitin, group presentation, in-class

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Workshop Competency

Weekly workshop competency (problems and tasks). Individual, wattle via turnitin

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final practical and theory examinations

This exam covers the environmental context of the course. Individual, in-class, linked practice and theory

Academic Integrity

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.

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 DIrector (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 a supervisor. Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

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

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.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via the course Wattle site.

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.

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).

Dr Leah Moore

Research Interests

Whole of Catchment (WOC) biophysical characterisation – geology/regolith/water/vegetation; Hydrogeological landscape unit conceptual modelling; Groundwater – surface water connectivity, sediment flux modelling, salinity hazard management, wetland hydrology; Siliciclastic and volcaniclastic sedimentology; Marine science – sedimentology, stratigraphy, subaqueous volcanism; Clay mineralogy; Geoheritage evaluation

Dr Leah Moore

By Appointment
Dr Leah Moore

Research Interests

Dr Leah Moore

By Appointment

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