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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Ian Cartwright


Advanced concepts of groundwater flow. Sustainable use of groundwater resources. Chemistry of groundwater and water rock interaction. Groundwater-surface water interactions. Contaminant transport in groundwater. Monitoring hydrogeological processes using remote sensing and geophysical techniques.


On completion of this unit a student will understand: the hydrologic cycle, in particular groundwater; the physical controls on groundwater flow and the impacts that pumping, artificial recharge and land use changes have on natural flow systems; the origins of solutes in groundwater and water-rock interaction; groundwater-surface water interaction; origins, transport, and fate of contaminants such as organic compounds and metals; and the use of remote sensing and geophysical techniques to monitor hydrogeological processes.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Laboratory work/assignments/field excursions: 40%

Students must pass the theory examination to achieve an overall pass grade. Students who do not pass the theory examination will receive a mark of 45%, unless their aggregate mark is lower in which case that mark will be recorded.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Ian Cartwright

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week, and one 1 or 2-day field excursion