The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Water is the most important agent in shaping the landscape. It is responsible for weathering, soil formation, the erosion of sediment from hill slopes, gullies and river banks, and the transport and deposition of sediment in channels, on floodplains and in estuaries. Water also acts beneath the surface, replenishing groundwater systems and triggering environmental problems like soil salinity. This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the movement of water through river basins, and the role water plays in the development of soils and the flux of sediments through the landscape. Through a series of lectures, laboratories and field work, students will learn how to quantify the movement of water through various components of the hydrological cycle, and the major factors controlling the way in which water moulds the river basin landscape.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. An understanding of the movement of water through the river basin, from the point of rainfall to discharge at the coast;

2. An understanding of how soils form and evolve, and the principles and procedures for soil classification;

3. An understanding of the processes that shape the major components of the river basin, including hillslopes, river channels and floodplains, aquifers and estuaries;

4. An understanding of sediment yields and the delivery of sediments from upland environments to estuaries.

5. Skills in the identification and measurement of hydrological and geomorphological processes through the use of field and laboratory instrumentation, and computer software;

6. Experience in mapping and aerial photograph interpretation;

7. Enhanced field observation and report-writing skills.


Content

The major themes covered in the course are:

  • Rainfall and evaporation
  • Soil formation, soil hydrology and soil classification
  • Hillslope hydrology and soil erosion
  • Open channel hydrology and flood hydrology
  • Erosion, transport and deposition processes in streams
  • Groundwater flow, quality and salinity
  • Karst processes and landforms
  • Estuarine and floodplain processes, morphology, hydrodynamics and sedimentation.

Assumed knowledge

GEOS2050River Basin ProcessesWater is the most important agent in shaping the landscape. It is responsible for weathering, soil formation, the erosion of sediment from hill slopes, gullies and river banks, and the transport and deposition of sediment in channels, on floodplains and in estuaries. Water also acts beneath the surface, replenishing groundwater systems and triggering environmental problems like soil salinity. This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the movement of water through river basins, and the role water plays in the development of soils and the flux of sediments through the landscape. Through a series of lectures, laboratories and field work, students will learn how to quantify the movement of water through various components of the hydrological cycle, and the major factors controlling the way in which water moulds the river basin landscape.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1020005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019GEOS1050 Earth Processes and ProductsThe major themes covered in the course are:

Rainfall and evaporation

Soil formation, soil hydrology and soil classification

Hillslope hydrology and soil erosion

Open channel hydrology and flood hydrology

Erosion, transport and deposition processes in streams

Groundwater flow, quality and salinity

Karst processes and landforms

Estuarine and floodplain processes, morphology, hydrodynamics and sedimentation. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1An understanding of the movement of water through the river basin, from the point of rainfall to discharge at the coast;2An understanding of how soils form and evolve, and the principles and procedures for soil classification;3An understanding of the processes that shape the major components of the river basin, including hillslopes, river channels and floodplains, aquifers and estuaries;4An understanding of sediment yields and the delivery of sediments from upland environments to estuaries.5Skills in the identification and measurement of hydrological and geomorphological processes through the use of field and laboratory instrumentation, and computer software;6Experience in mapping and aerial photograph interpretation;7Enhanced field observation and report-writing skills. Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practicals 1-5Report: Field Trip ReportFormal Examination: Formal Examination CallaghanField StudyFace to Face Off Campus24hour(s)per Term0Full Term0Note: There will be 3-4 days of field work.LaboratoryFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0LectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:General Course Requirements:Field Study: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practicals 1-5

Report: Field Trip Report

Formal Examination: Formal Examination


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Field Study: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Note: There will be 3-4 days of field work.

Laboratory

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

Lecture

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