Course Description

Course Name

Hydrogeology and Environmental Geosciences

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

10 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


Short Description
A course that provides students with an understanding of the processes by which fluid moves in the Earth's crust and the environmental issues associated with the generation and remediation of pollutants

Course Aims
5. To provide an account of the factors controlling the movement of groundwater within the crust, its geochemistry and the influence of groundwater on human health.
6. To characterise types of groundwater pollution from natural and anthropogenic sources, including mine operation and abandonment, and urban run-off.
7. To examine and describe detailed examples of groundwater pollution.
8. To show how a range of technologies can be employed to limit groundwater pollution.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students should be able to:
1. Explain the processes that control movement of fluid in the Earth's crust.
2. Describe models used to account for groundwater movement.
3. Identify changing environmental and anthropogenic controls on fluid movement in the crust.
4. Discuss the controls on speciation, toxicity and mobility of potentially toxic compounds in natural and engineered systems.
5. Explain the role of computer modelling in understanding Earth's biogeochemical processes.
6. Describe the underlying processes responsible for, and consequent impacts of, real examples of anthropogenic pollution.

*Course content subject to change