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Unit information: Surface and Groundwater Hydrology in 2015/16

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Unit name Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
Unit code CENGM0021
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Han
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce the physical processes that govern movement of water though the terrestrial biosphere from arrival at the land surface, through soils, unsaturated and saturated zones of aquifers through river and groundwater flows to the oceans.

The main aim of the module is to enable students to understand the hydrological processes that govern water movement through the terrestrial biosphere such that they are able to evaluate the relative contribution of different processes to the hydrological cycle, apply basic models to predict streamflow and groundwater flow responses to rainfall/recharge events, and complete simple hydrological analyses for the purposes of engineering hydrologic design.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, the successful student will be able to:

M5.1 expound the processes in the (terrestrial part of the) water cycle;

M5.2 describe, appraise and make calculations using hydraulic flow models such as Manning’s equation, Richard’s equation or Darcy’s law;

M5.3 describe basic hydrological models and use them to calculate quantities, for example, use the unit hydrograph to calculate streamflow response to a given rainfall input

Teaching Information

The teaching in this unit comprises formal lectures, seminars, tutorials and examples classes.

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed by an exam (70%) and in-unit coursework assignment (30%). Formative feedback will also be provided throughout the unit from tutorial exercises, to help students prepare for the summative assessments.

Reading and References

Shaw, E.M., Beven, K.J., Chappell, N.A., and Lamb, R. (2010) Hydrology in Practice, 4th edition, CRC Press, 0415370426

Hendriks, M. (2010) Introduction to Physical Hydrology, OUP, 0199296847