Module Identifier WS30510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Nicholas J G Pearce  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Michael Price  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours 10 x 1 hr  
  Practical   5 Hours 5 x 1 hr  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours 5 x 1 hr  
  Other   5 Hours 1 x 5 hr field visit  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written Examination. Answer 2 questions from 4.70%
Semester Assessment Practical Exercises. 2 submitted assignments.30%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Written Examination. Resit failed examination.70%
Supplementary Assessment Practical Exercises. Resubmission of failed coursework.30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Brief description

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the origin and occurrence of groundwater, its quantitative evaluation, and its role and importance in the hydrological cycle.


Lecture content includes:
Groundwater flow and Darcy's law; pumping tests (Thiem and Theis solutions); aquifer types and their response to recharge and abstraction, pollution and protection of groundwater and aquifers.

Practical content includes:
Demonstration of Darcy's law and measurement of hydraulic conductivity with constant head apparatus; calculation of flow, flow to a well; analysis of simple pumping tests; hydrogeological maps and flow systems.

Field visit:
Recognition of groundwater discharge and baseflow into surface waters.


This module is designed to provide students with a conceptual, factual and practical introduction to the functioning and prediction of complex hydrological systems, with particular reference to quantitative computer simulation of these systems as practiced by water management agencies in the UK and internationally. All components of the hydrological cycle will be considered, along with water quality models, lumped hydrological, semi-distributed hydrological, fully distributed hydrodynamic and the new generation of coupled atmospheric-hydrological flood prediction models.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Brassington, R (2003) Field Hydrogeology Wiley: Chichester
Price, M (1996) Introducing Groundwater 2nd. Nelson Thomas: Cheltenham
Schwartz, F.W. and Zhang, H (2003) Fundamental of Ground Water Wiley: New York


This module is at CQFW Level 6