Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


Water is a vital resource that is under threat from global population increase and changing climates. Western Australia was one of the first places globally to experience climate change. This has influenced our water resource management strategies and makes UWA the ideal place to study the ways that climate change is altering the hydrologic cycle. In this unit students develop an understanding of the principles of water storage and movement within (and between) streams and lakes, unsaturated soils and groundwater systems. Students then apply data-based approaches for characterizing hydrological systems and predicting their response to changes in climate. Water resource management approaches for adapting to altered hydrologic regimes are also described and evaluated.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) explain key hydrological concepts and processes.; (2) analyse and interpret measured hydrological data; and (3) implement simple numerical models of hydrologic systems to assess climate-related impacts and management strategies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) a data analysis report; and (3) a modelling and management assignment. 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 (Semester 1) and Dr Jim McCallum (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
Contact hours
2 x 2 hour workshops per week
  • 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.