Module Identifier WS30510  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Tony Jones  
Semester Semester 2  
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 successful completion of this module students should be able to:


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.

Brief description


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:
Use of Darcy's law and principles of 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.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Price, M (1996) Introducing Groundwater 2nd. Nelson Thomas: Cheltenham

Technical Reports
Heath, R.C. (1983) Basic ground-water hydrology. US Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2220


This module is at CQFW Level 6