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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG3711 Hydrological Monitoring and Modelling

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Prof Andy Baird

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

GEOG2095 or GEOG2116/GEOG2117 or an equivalent qualification as agreed with the module convenor


GEOG2095Skills for Physical Geographers
GEOG2117Research project and skills in physical geography (geography

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The 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.


On 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Skills outcomes
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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours164.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The 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 Feedback

Student 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 typeNotes% of formal assessment
Project2,500-word 'consultancy-style' report50.00
Oral Presentation'Consultancy-style' presentation10.00
Essay1,500 words40.00
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 points during Semester 2 on students’ progress with the assessed report.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:56:06


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