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CEG8527 : Fundamentals of Conceptual and Numerical Groundwater Modelling

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Tess O'Hara
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to introduce the essential elements of conceptual and numerical groundwater modelling, along with providing practical experience of interpreting existing models and developing groundwater numerical models.

Outline Of Syllabus

*       Essential geology for hydrogeology.
*       Groundwater flow processes.
*       Conceptual model creation and development
*       Numerical methods for groundwater modelling.
*       Use of groundwater modelling software.
*       Case Studies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00coursework preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Lectures introducing key concepts, guest speakers discussing model development and application, familiarisation with software and modelling techniques.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical53:0015:00Practical sessions including software use and modelling.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study135:0035:00background reading, revision etc
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching and learning methods to address problem solving and software skills development, supported by theory- based and broader conceptual learning using lectures and tutorial activities.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100Regional Groundwater Modelling (12 page max)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is focused on understanding the fundamental groundwater processes and demonstrating that via the creation of a conceptual model that can be further developed using analytical equations and numerical groundwater flow models. The assessment is based on 100% coursework. The written exercise requires the student to build a new simple groundwater model, and to explore the model sensitivity given a range of scenarios. This tests the students' ability to develop their own model, and their understanding of some of the theory underlying model development.

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