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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG2315 Hydrological Processes

10 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Mark Smith

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG2080Earth Surface Processes
GEOG2415Glacial Processes and Landforms

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

An understanding of hydrological processes is fundamental to all forms of water management and this module provides this knowledge for temperate catchments. The measurement of different parts of the hydrological cycle is dealt with as well as the hazards associated with hydrological processes, such as flooding and water pollution. The module provides students with the opportunity to apply the understanding from lectures in seminars, and group and practical activities.


The objectives of the module are to:
1. establish the major hydrological processes operating in the natural environment
2. demonstrate how earth surface processes impact on landscape evolution and natural hazard development
3. explain how hydrological processes change across space and through time and in response to natural forcing.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:

- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the hydrological cycle and measurement of its different components.
- understand some of the risks associated with the hydrological cycle, such as water pollution and flooding.
- critically evaluate anthropogenic impacts on the hydrological cycle.

Skills outcomes
A Knowledge and Understanding
A1 The dynamic nature of geographical thought and practice and the inter-relationships between the discipline and the physical and natural sciences, the social sciences and humanities
A2 The diversity of global environments and the operation of, and inter-relationships between physical and biological systems over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales
A3 Patterns and processes of environmental change and their inter-relationships with human activities

B Cognitive skills
B1 Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources
B2 Assessment and critical evaluation of the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies
B3 Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
B4 Developing reasoned arguments
B5 Solving problems and making reasoned decisions

C Practical/professional skills
C1 Plan, design, execute and report geographical research both individually and as part of a team

D Key skills
D1 Learn in familiar and unfamiliar situations
D2 Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations)
D3 Apply numerical and computational skills to geographical information
D4 Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail)
D5 Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources
D6 Work as part of a team and to recognise and respect the viewpoints of others
D7 Manage time and organise work effectively


- Components of the hydrological cycle
- Hydrological measurement
- Hazards in river catchments (flooding and water pollution)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours81.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study involves:
1. Reading research papers/reports in preparation for practicals
2. Reading for, and preparation of, assessment
3. Reading to support lectures

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Directed reading seminars following lectures to ensure students are developing an understanding of the material
Informal question/answer sessions during lectures
Practical sessions under supervision, before individual write up

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalHydrological data analysis 1200 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:32:19


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