Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Hong Yang

Email: h.yang4@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This is the elementary hydrology course, providing the basis for more advanced courses and for understanding other aspects of physical geography.

To provide an introduction to hydrology, including a study of the most important hydrological processes operating in the environment, and to hydrological ways of thinking. The module should provide a basis for more advanced hydrology courses.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module it is expected that a student will be able to:

- Describe and explain the most important aspects of how the hydrological environment functions
- Outline and explain some of the principal characteristics of hydrological processes.

Additional outcomes:
Numeracy and IT skills will be developed through calculations necessary for the assessed practical, and via computer aided learning procedures.

Outline content:
An appreciation of hydrological processes is important for many areas of physical geography, such as geomorphology, soil geochemistry, geochemical cycles, pollutant transport, water resources and urban and rural development. The hydrology lectures will cover the water balance and hydrological cycle, the drainage basin, surface and unsaturated zone processes, runoff processes, groundwater processes, measuring and monitoring hydrological processes, floods, drought, water pollution and some impacts of climatic change.

Students will be expected to follow up the lectures with their own reading, using both conventional and internet sources.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Twenty hours of lectures and a practical

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 78
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Report 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One and a half hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Students will submit a 1500 word practical report and sit a 1.5 hour exam

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination or resubmission of coursework in August/September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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