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CEG8511 : Groundwater Assessment (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Brian Thomas
  • Lecturer: Prof. Neil Gray
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of the module is to:-

Introduce principles of groundwater systems analysis.

Provide a robust, practical introduction to techniques used to assess the quantity of groundwater resources.

Introduce methods of presenting and interpreting natural groundwater quality data in the context of ground water resource assessment.

The Groundwater Assessment module provides students with the background, understanding, and techniques to assess groundwater resources using a wide variety of information. Basic principles start from the point of geological mapping, which is re-interpreted using hydrostratigraphic classification to help to define hydrogeological units. Approaches used to develop these into evaluations of groundwater resource potential include field and desk reconnaissance, and analysis of surface geophysics. Understanding of recharge rates is developed and methods of determining physical aquifer properties using borehole information are introduced. A brief introduction to methods of presenting natural groundwater chemistry provides the basis for its use within an integrated approach to resource evaluation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to groundwater systems and groundwater resource evaluation


Hydrogeological mapping

Aquifer boundaries and groundwater-surface water interactions

Stream depletion

Desk studies and preliminary reconnaissance

Introduction to drilling and determination of aquifer properties by test-pumping

Groundwater recharge assessment

Natural inorganic hydrogeochemistry, presentation and interpretation of data

Groundwater sampling & monitoring strategies

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Coursework preperation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical16:006:00Computer practical (PiP)and OS))
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities201:0020:00Lecture videos and slides for independent learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops43:0012:00Structured online tutorial workshops. (PiP and OS))
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Introduction to module (PiP)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In order to provide the correct blend of theoretical background and hands-on experience as envisaged in the learning outcomes, the module is designed to be run as an intensive one-week block course made up of lectures and practicals. The substantial private study element will be necessary to complete the more demanding practical exercises and to consolidate all aspects of learning.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100Report on case study (8 Pages max)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module covers practical application of specific techniques, and the development of ability to bring these together into integrated assessments of groundwater resource potential. A formal exam will ensure that a range of basic knowledge and skills can be tested. The coursework assessment is designed to bring different components together and to develop and test the students' ability to assess a broad range of information.

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