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The Applied Hydrogeology course provides postgraduate students in engineering geology and environmental science with a sound understanding of the nature and occurrence of groundwater, various techniques for resource evaluation, contaminant transport issues, and a brief introduction to groundwater modelling. The course is an integrated one, developing both geological aspects of groundwater occurrence and chemistry, as well as pragmatic methods for quantifying flow parameters and aquifer characteristics.
Students successfully completing this course will be able to:1. Assess hydrogeological controls on groundwater storage and flow.2. Use a selection of laboratory skills to estimate permeability.3. Design and interpret aquifer tests in simple aquifer systems.4. Characterise groundwater flow and quality using standard field techniques.5. Critically evaluate groundwater recharge volume and timing.6. Use hand calculations and computer modelling to simulate groundwater flow and contaminant transport in simple aquifer systems. This includes simulating surface water-groundwater interaction and groundwater pumping as well as applying basic model calibration concepts.7. Discuss issues relating to sustainable groundwater management.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
(1) MATH101 orMATH102 orMATH103 and (2) approval from the Head of Department of Geological Sciences
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The course runs from 28 April through to 25 May.28 April (9 am to 5 pm) Lecture, Room ER2134 May (9 to 12 am) Lecture, Room ER2135 May (9 to 12 am OR 1 to 4 pm) Hydraulic conductivity experiments, Soils lab ER11311 May (9 to 12 am) Lecture, Room ER21312 May (9 to 12 am OR 1 to 4 pm) Field work, Ilam Fields18 May (9 to 12 am) Lecture, Room ER21319 May (9 am to 4 pm) Physical modelling, Soils lab ER11323 May (9 am to 5 pm) Computer modelling, Lab ER21125 May (9 to 12 am) Lecture, Room ER213
Permeability lab report - 30% - 19 MayField work report - 30% - 26 MayMastery quiz - 10% - 26 MayPhysical and computer modelling report - 30% - 2 June
Fetter, C. W;
Pearson Education, 2001.
Freeze, R. Allan. , Cherry, John A;
Sanders, Laura L;
A manual of field hydrogeology;
Prentice Hall, 1998.
Prerequisites15 points of 100-level MATH
Domestic fee $1,054.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.