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Unit Overview


Groundwater is a vital resource in Australia, particularly Western Australia, as well as a key factor in the sustainability of both our society and the environment. Groundwater systems are complex with the distribution and dynamics of these systems controlled by a variety of physical, chemical and biological processes. Hydrogeologists aim to understand these processes and how they interact to contribute to the development of groundwater resources and their sustainable use for future generations. This unit gives students a basic level of understanding of hydrogeological systems. Students also develop skills in quantifying hydrogeological properties and processes. This practically focused unit is designed to give students the information they need to enter and be successful in the workforce across consultancy, resource exploitation, research and regulation. This unit is suitable for students in the Master of Hydrogeology as well as students in related environmental disciplines that would benefit from an understanding of groundwater systems.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Earth Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of hydrogeological principles; (2) develop skills in analysis and interpretation of hydrogeological information; and (3) demonstrate the ability to explain and report hydrogeological issues.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) oral presentation on a hydrogeological system ; and (3) data analysis report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sarah Bourke
Contact hours
Workshops: 2 x 4 hours per week for up to 7 weeks. Total workload is 150 hours.
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  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.