GV2HY-Hydrological Processes

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: GV1D Hydrology
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Andrew Wade

Email: a.j.wade@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module introduces students to the science and practice of hydrology. More specifically, hydrological processes are described, with description of the physical and/or chemical basis, and related to variations in climate, geology, soil and land cover. The hydrological processes are then considered in terms of important management issues, such as flood protection, drought, water supply and over-abstraction, water quality and aquatic ecology. Topics include evapotranspiration and irrigation demand, hillslope hydrology and flood generation, soil water processes and water availability, groundwater recharge, groundwater movement and the consequences of over-abstraction, channel flow and flood propagation, ground- and surface-water interactions, water quality, virtual water and an introduction to hydrological modelling. Practical sessions consider groundwater recharge and mapping, water quality, flood characterisation, and the use of hydrological models.


Aims:
The aims of this module are for students to (a) develop an understanding of the physical principles involved in the storage and movement of surface- and ground-water, and (b) understand how hydrological processes relate to issues of catchment management.

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of this module, students will be able to: - Describe and explain the processes controlling the storage and transport of water within the unsaturated and saturated zones and river channels; - Critically assess the contribution of hydrological processes to management issues such as flooding, water supply, water quality and aquatic habitat protection; - Analyse hydrological data and use simple hydrological modelling software.


Additional outcomes:
Practical work will be used to further develop learning and time management skills.

Outline content:

The module will consist of 14 lectures, 6 practicals and one revision session in the summer term before the exam. The lectures in this module are designed to develop a new depth of understanding of hydrological processes and build on the material covered in the Part I modules Climatology and Hydrology. The hydrological processes are considered in terms of important water management issues, such as flooding, water supply, water quality and aquatic habitat protection. Case studies and examples of the latest research are included and there will be opportunities to learn practical aspects of hydrology in terms of data analysis and hydrological modelling.


Global context:
Water sustainability is a global issue and this module will use examples from around the World to illustrate the issues considered.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will consist of 14 lectures and 6 practicals, with an additional revision session in the summer term before the exam.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 2
Practicals classes and workshops 8
Guided independent study 78
       
Total hours by term 98.00 2.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Report 30

Other information on summative assessment:
One practical class report (30% of the total mark) and one examination of one and a half hours (70%).

Formative assessment methods:
There will be an opportunity to receive formative feedback during practical sessions with quizzes and on-line multiple choice tests available to help check progress. Students are encouraged to ask questions during the lectures and hydrological surgeries are run to help with any questions.

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)
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • 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 for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

    Length of examination:
    One and a half hours.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

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


    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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