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GEOS4499 Water in a Changing Climate

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
This unit is a core unit for students commencing the Master of Hydrogeology and a conversion unit for students in the Master of Environmental Science This unit provides exposure to key processes and concepts in hydrology, catchments and environmental management. This unit also introduces fundamental mathematical concepts and methods including elementary algebra, probability and statistics, vectors and matrices, and calculus. These mathematical concepts are presented in the context of environmental systems. The unit is taught as modules, with Master of Hydrogeology students completing modules 1 and 2, and other students completing modules 1 and 3.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key hydrological concepts and processes.; (2) demonstrate an understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts, including algebra, probability and statistics, vectors and matrices and calculus; and (3) apply quantitative analysis skills to hydrologic problems at the level required for higher-degree study.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) laboratory exercises; and (3) assignment on urban development (MSc Env Sci) or mathematics of groundwater (MSc Hydrogeology. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sarah Bourke (Semester 1) and Dr Jim McCallum (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
Contact hours
1 x 4 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.