The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


The theory of groundwater flow and the transport of pollutants in groundwater are covered in this course. Topics include the modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport, well hydraulics, flow nets, subsurface chemical and microbial processes, sea water intrusion, groundwater monitoring and remediation.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Introduce the discipline of hydrogeology and contaminant transport

2. Include laboratory experiments to illustrate key concepts.

3. Introduce solution techniques for common problems in contaminant hydrogeology

4. Develop critical thinking skills.


  1. Introduction to groundwater, groundwater history and groundwater resources in Australia.
  2. Darcy's Law and basic definitions.
  3. Aquifer properties and groundwater geology.
  4. 3D and 2D groundwater flow equation.
  5. Developing solutions to groundwater flow problems; boundary conditions, initial conditions.
  6. Analytical solutions to groundwater flow problems.
  7. Flow nets.
  8. Regional groundwater flow.
  9. Well hydraulics.
  10. Pump tests.
  11. Numerical modelling of groundwater flow problems; MODFLOW.
  12. Model calibration, parameter estimation and prediction.
  13. Groundwater contamination - overview.
  14. Groundwater chemistry.
  15. Contaminant transport equation.
  16. Diffusion and dispersion.
  17. Model calibration and parameter estimation.
  18. Boundary and initial conditions.
  19. Analytical solutions.
  20. Measurement of dispersivity.
  21. Sea water intrusion.
  22. Retardation.
  23. Biodegradation.
  24. Site remediation.

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses CIVL2040 and CIVL2060 (or CIVL2050 and MATH2310).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Experiments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term