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0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Chunhui Lu



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is available only to Engineering PhD students.


This unit covers theoretical and practical knowledge of groundwater hydrology, emphasizing analytical and numerical modelling skills.

The unit includes: aquifer properties, Darcy's law, well hydraulics, analytical and numerical modelling, model calibration, uncertainty analysis, contaminant fate and transport, variable density flow and ground water flow in unsaturated soils.

The knowledge learnt from this unit is directly applicable to research projects and practical industrial problems.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • describe the fundamentals of subsurface flow and transport.
  • design hydraulic tests to obtain basic aquifer parameters.
  • derive analytical solutions for ground water flow and contaminant transport problems.
  • model ground water flow, solute transport and variable density flow numerically.
  • conduct model calibration, parameter estimation and sensitivity analysis.
  • work both independently and collaboratively on complex ground water problems.


Continuous assessment: 40%
Final Examination (3 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures/practice and 9 hours of private study per week.

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