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LEC.466: Groundwater Resources and Protection


Department: Lancaster Environment Centre NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF7//RQF7
Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters level) Credit Points: 15
Start Date: 06-10-2014 End Date: 07-11-2014
Available for Online Enrolment?: N Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Professor AM Binley

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  •  Lectures:

    Groundwater fundamentals

    Aquifer properties

    Groundwater investigation techniques

    Groundwater flow

    Well hydraulics

    Groundwater flow models

    Natural groundwater quality

    Groundwater transport

    Groundwater transport models

    Managing groundwater resources

    Groundwater pollution remediation and protection 

    Practicals:

    Groundwater investigation techniques: field visit

    Modelling groundwater flow using PMWIN

    Modelling groundwater transport using PMWIN

    Student presentations

     

Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions

  • Hydrology to at least first year BSc level

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • MSc Sustainable Water Management
    MSc Environmental Hazards
    MSc Environmental Science and Technology
    MSc Contaminated Land and Remediation
    MSc Environmental Pollution and Protection
  • 50% Exam
  • 50% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • 50% Coursework, 50% exam

    Details of Coursework:

    One report (40% total assessment) based on the practical exercises.

    One short presentation (10% total assessment). 
     

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module aims to develop an appreciation of the scale and variety of groundwater resources, within the UK and overseas; the vulnerability of these resources and the various procedures and challenges for the implementation of policies for their protection.  The module will introduce the principles of groundwater flow and transport.  Both physical and mathematical aspects of groundwater systems are discussed.  Use is made of computer models to solve practical problems relevant to the water industry.

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Use of computer models

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
     
    Generic Outcomes
    • Numerically evaluate model results
    • Prepare reports for a Head of Section as if working for an organisation such as the Environment Agency
     
    Subject Specific Outcomes
    • List the methods that are widely used for investigating groundwater systems.
    • List the main steps in conducting a pumping test for determination of aquifer formation constants.
    • Apply a specific groundwater model (PWWIN) to a number of problems.
    • State the limitations of models, such as PMWIN, for practical use.
    • Determine values of subsurface flow paramenters from experimental data.
    • List a range of approaches for protecting and managing groundwater resources.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    ·         
    Numerically evaluate model results

    ·          Prepare reports for a Head of Section as if working for an organisation such as the Environment Agency

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