Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3152 - Hydrogeology (2011)

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MODULE TITLEHydrogeology CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM3152 MODULE CONVENERDr David Watkins (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
A comprehensive introduction to hydrogeology introducing basic concepts and principles, derivation and application of mathematical models and applications of hydrogeological investigations, interpretation, assessment and problem solving.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Weeks 1-2: Understanding basic principles. The hydrological cycle and its interactions. Types of aquifers. Basic definitions. Porosity and permeability. Darcy's Law. Regional flow systems. Analysis of steady flow in aquifers. Unsteady flow. Groundwater storage. Weeks 3-4: Laboratory and field methods. Construction of boreholes, piezometers and wells. Permeability testing. Laboratory and piezometer tests. Radial flow. Steady-state well hydraulics. Unsteady well hydraulics. Pumping tests. Advanced pumping test analyses. Weeks 5-6: Quality and protection of groundwater. The natural geochemical composition of groundwater. Graphical representations of groundwater hydrochemistry and ionic balance calculations. Water quality parameters. Threats to groundwater quality. Groundwater protection and Environment Agency policy. Delineation of source protection zones. Saline intrusion in coastal and island aquifers. Contaminant transport in porous media. The advection-dispersion equation. Weeks 7-8: Introduction to numerical modelling. Numerical methods. Finite Difference and Finite Element methods. Building a groundwater model. Flow modelling – MODFLOW. Particle tracking and pathline modelling – MODPATH. Contaminant transport modelling – MST3D. Week 9: Groundwater control. Dewatering of mines and excavations.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
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CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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