GEOS4499 Catchment Fundamentals

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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 or the Master of Geographic Information 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 Associate Professor Matt Hipsey (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
Contact hours
1 x 4 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-TP-1_2019]
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