Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3152 - Hydrogeology (2012)

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MODULE TITLEHydrogeology CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM3152 MODULE CONVENERDr David Watkins (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Groundwater is important as a resource but also as an environmental contamination pathway; it also has an impact on engineering and mining projects. The Hydrogeology module covers all these aspects and provides a detailed practical introduction to groundwater and how it can be investigated and modelled. There are no pre-requisite modules but a mathematical background from CSM 1027 or equivalent is necessary.

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)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to demonstrate:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.An understanding of the basic principles and concepts applied in hydrogeology.

2.Application of hydrogeological assessment techniques.

3.Use of analytical and numerical models for hydrogeological quantification and problem solving.

4.An ability to design, plan, conduct and interpret hydrogeological investigations.

5.An awareness of the implications of actions on the water environment and foresee, avoid and remedy engineering problems associated with adverse groundwater conditions.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

6.Analyse engineering and environmental problems and situations.

7.Conduct calculations correctly, neatly and be able to comment whether their answers make senseÓ”.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

8.Learning, problem solving, data-handling, applied mathematics and reporting.

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
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 36.00 Guided Independent Study 114.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 32 Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 4 Tutorials
Guided independent study 114 Private study

 

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
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method

 

       
Examination 70 2 hours 1-8 Verbal
Technical report 30 2000 words 1-3, 6-8 Written
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional examination As above August Ref/Def period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 30% and/or 1 Exam 70%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

 

Freeze, R.A. and Cherry, J.A. 1979. Groundwate. Prentice Hall. 

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Brassington, R. Field Hydrogeology 3rd John Wiley 2007 [Library]
Set Fetter, C.W. Applied hydrogeology 4th Pearson Education 2001 [Library]
Set Hiscock, K.M. Hydrogeology - Principles and Practice. Blackwell Publishing 2005 [Library]
Set Kruseman, G.P and de Ridder, N.A. Analysis and Evaluation of Pumping Test Data 2nd 1991 [Library]
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 Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Hydrogeology, groundwater, water resources