2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
GEOG3711 Hydrological Monitoring and Modelling
20 creditsClass Size: 25
Module manager: Prof Andy Baird
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsGEOG2095 or GEOG2115/2117 or an equivalent qualification as agreed with the module convenor
|GEOG2095||Skills for Physical Geographers|
|GEOG2115||Research project and statistical skills in physical geograph|
|GEOG2117||Research project and skills in physical geography (geography|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe module concerns arguably our most precious resource: water. It trains students in the measurement of this resource and also its management via the use of simulation models. Students doing the module will develop skills that should help equip them for work in organisations dealing with the supply of water and the regulation of water, including flood management.
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this module, students will have gained a good understanding of:
- how catchments behave as hydrological entities,
- cutting-edge field techniques for monitoring catchment systems,
- how catchments can be modelled using a range of model types, and
- how catchment models can be tested using field data.
Students will gain an advanced knowledge of catchment hydrological processes, how these processes are quantified with field instrumentation and how they (the processes) are represented in a range of model types used by practitioners and researchers alike. They will be able to design and test their own hydrological models, the latter using field data. They will also be equipped to critique and judge the quality of the field data and the usefulness of catchment models produced by other workers.
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- Display good understanding of contemporary debates in catchment hydrology.
- Demonstrate competence in the use of a range of fundamental and state-of-the-art hydrological monitoring methods.
- Write confidently and knowledgably on the formulation, testing and use of catchment models.
- Evaluate their models and models produced by other workers.
- Identify how monitoring and modelling of hydrological processes informs catchment management practices.
- Key hydrological concepts.
- Hydrological monitoring techniques.
- Hydrological modelling techniques.
- Testing hydrological models, including with field data.
- These concepts will be delivered in lectures/workshops and underpinned by laboratory and computer practicals.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||160.00|
|Total Contact hours||40.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyThe lectures and workshops will include follow-on reading and homework exercises that students will be expected to complete in
preparation for subsequent meetings. Most led/timetabled practicals will require completion in students' own time. Private study time
will also have to be spent on preparation of the coursework assessment.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored via workshop and practical class performance, including discussions of unassessed homework exercises. Each practical will be discussed at the beginning of the following week's lecture/workshop. Feedback will also be provided on progress with the project report.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Project||2,500-word 'consultancy-style' report||50.00|
|Oral Presentation||'Consultancy-style' presentation||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
The group project will be done by students in groups of three to five. The group will do the modelling work and the presentation, but the project write-ups will be done individually. Feedback will be provided at the end of Semester 1 on a 'progress update' for the assessed report to help students gauge how well they are doing.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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