Module Identifier 
WS12310 
Module Title 
QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN WATER SCIENCE 
Academic Year 
2004/2005 
Coordinator 
Professor John W Pomeroy 
Semester 
Intended for use in future years 
Next year offered 
N/A 
Next semester offered 
N/A 
Course delivery 
Lecture  10 x 1 hr 

Practical  10 x 1 hr 
Assessment 
Assessment Type  Assessment Length/Details  Proportion 
Semester Exam  2 Hours Problem based examination  51% 
Semester Assessment  Continuous Assessment: 5 numerical problem sets 35%, 2 presentations of graphical solutions to numerical problems 14%  49% 
Supplementary Exam  Resubmission of failed problem sets and/or resit of failed end of semester examination. No resit for presentations available, original mark for repesentations will be carried forward.  

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to :

use Information Services (Library and Computer) facilities and the Internet for researching data sources

use a personal computer for wordprocessing, graphics and spreadsheet tasks for solution and description of water problems

describe water quantity and quality scenarios in terms of basic mass and energy continuity and chemical equilibrium

handle a range of numerical data in the analysis of the results of water experiments and problems

formulate water problems in the form of equations that can be solved using algebra and simple calculus

develop flood frequency statistics for hydrological phenomena.
Brief description
The Aims of Quantitative Methods in Water Science are to bring the student up to the basic minimum level of familiarity with necessary numerical, analytical, computer, and information technology skills as well as general quantitative techniques knowledge needed by a modern water scientist. As such it will provide a package of skills that are potentially transferable to a wide range of employment situations both within and outside of the traditional water science target areas.
Through a series of lectures, practical sessions and exercises the basics of current application of information technology will be introduced. The storage of data in files, file management, network uses, printing, as well as effective use of a graphical user interface will be taught. Familiarity will be ensured with not only the use of wordprocessing packages, but also the rules of good layout. In the wordprocessing package the basic text handling and formatting operations will be taught as well as the use of an equation editor and how to insert graphics. Teaching the use of spreadsheet packages will be integrated, whenever possible, with the mathematical elements of the module in examples where water data will be handled. The concepts of workbooks and worksheets, inputting text and numbers, formatting cells and using functions as well as creating raphics will be dealt with.
Aims
To bring the student up to the basic minimum level of familiarity with necessary numerical, analytical, computer, and information technology skills as well as general quantitative techniques knowledge needed by a modern water scientist. As such it will provide a package of skills that are potentially transferable to a wide range of employment situations both within and outside of the traditional water science target areas.
Reading Lists
Books
** Recommended Text
Haan, C.T. Statistical Methods in Hydrology
O'Leary, T.J. & L.I. (1999) Microsoft Office 2000 Professional
Irwin McGraw
Ward, R.C. and Robinson, M. (1999) Principles of Hydrology
4th. McGrawHill ISBN 0077072049
Notes
This module is at CQFW Level 4