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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

This unit examines the movement of water through the global hydrological cycle. Topics include consideration of the atmospheric component of the global water cycle, investigating weather and climate, and the movement of water on and under the Earth's surface in hydrology. Techniques for the measurement and analysis of surface and sub-surface water and the effect this water has on stream and catchment development is investigated.

Unit content

The following topics will be discussed:

  • global hydrological cycle and water
  • the atmosphere: radiation and moisture
  • planetary scale circulation
  • regional and local climatic patterns
  • climatic classification
  • catchments and precipitation
  • interception and surface water flow
  • infiltration and evapotranspiration
  • groundwater hydrology
  • floods and flood analysis

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe aspects and dynamics of hydrology and climatology, such as atmospheric moisture, soil moisture, and groundwater, and explain the linkages between the atmosphere and hydrosphere Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
2 collect and analyse hydrological and climatological data Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 apply these data to hydrological and climatological problem solving. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe aspects and dynamics of hydrology and climatology, such as atmospheric moisture, soil moisture, and groundwater, and explain the linkages between the atmosphere and hydrosphere
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. collect and analyse hydrological and climatological data
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply these data to hydrological and climatological problem solving.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.