Faculty of Science

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitGippsland School of Applied Sciences and Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Professor Rae Mackay


Hydrology deals with the properties, distribution and effects of water on the Earth and especially the movement of water in relation to land. The unit provides students with a broad introduction to the major topics in hydrology, and a strong appreciation of the processes governing movement and storage of water across a land surface. A primary goal is to examine those processes that affect groundwater recharge and discharge. In addition to the required background knowledge of hydrology, the unit also provides students with access to and an understanding of a range of tools and techniques that can be used to quantify the movement and storage of water across all parts of the land phase of the hydrological cycle. An appreciation of the various analytical and empirical methods employed, including the errors associated with their use, is gained through practical applications. Students will be able to construct temporal water balances for an area as a basis for assessing hydrological risk.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Name and describe the main subject areas in hydrology ;

  1. List and compare past and current methods of hydrological data collection;

  1. Explain the processes governing the land phase movement and storage of water;

  1. Construct and employ quantitative descriptions of those processes affecting groundwater recharge and discharge that impact excavation dewatering and ground control measures;

  1. Employ a range of methods for interpolating point hydrological data for the assessment of water balances;

  1. Evaluate and assess the dynamic behaviour of the hydrological cycle and its importance in assessing mining operational risks.


Written examination: 50%
Modelling assignment: 25%
Case study assignment: 25%

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