ENGE414-23T2 (C) Term Two 2023

Applied Hydrogeology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 24 April 2023
End Date: Sunday, 4 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 April 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 21 May 2023


The Applied Hydrogeology course provides postgraduate students in engineering geology and environmental science with a sound understanding of the nature and occurrence of groundwater, various techniques for resource evaluation, contaminant transport issues, and a brief introduction to groundwater modelling. The course is an integrated one, developing both geological aspects of groundwater occurrence and chemistry, as well as pragmatic methods for quantifying flow parameters and aquifer characteristics.

Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:
1. Assess hydrogeological controls on groundwater storage and flow.
2. Use a selection of laboratory skills to estimate permeability.
3. Design and interpret aquifer tests in simple aquifer systems.
4. Characterise groundwater flow and quality using standard field techniques.
5. Critically evaluate groundwater recharge volume and timing.
6. Use hand calculations and computer modelling to simulate groundwater flow and contaminant transport in simple aquifer systems. This includes simulating surface water-groundwater interaction and groundwater pumping as well as applying basic model calibration concepts.
7. Discuss issues relating to sustainable groundwater management.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) MATH101 or MATH102 or MATH103 and (2) approval from the Head of Department of Geological Sciences


ENGE 478

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Leanne Morgan


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Hydraulic conductivity lab report 30%
Field work report 30%
Quiz 10%
Physical and computer modelling report 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Fetter, C. W; Applied hydrogeology ; 4th ed; Pearson Education, 2001.

Freeze, R. Allan. , Cherry, John A; Groundwater ; Prentice-Hall, 1979.

Sanders, Laura L; A manual of field hydrogeology ; Prentice Hall, 1998.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All ENGE414 Occurrences

  • ENGE414-23T2 (C) Term Two 2023