Quantification of Physical Processes A

Subject 421-490 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-two hours of lectures, sixteen hours of tutorials, computer labs and practicals.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 421-316 Engineering Hydraulics and Hydrology, 421-325 Field Data Acquisition and Analysis and 421-327 Computing for Land and Spatial Systems or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Jeff Walker
Subject Overview:

This is a companion subject to 421-491 Quantification of Physical Processes B. At the conclusion of this subject students should be capable of undertaking quantitative analyses of physical processes related to surface hydrology. Emphasis will be placed on the application of fundamental principles of mathematics and physics to the conceptualisation and analysis of the complex interactions that are the hallmark of environmental systems. Students should also be able to build computer models of these interactions and interpret the output from such models. Topics covered include global water, energy and carbon cycles, precipitation, evapotranspiration, interaction between surface and subsurface water, runoff processes, hydrological modelling and water quality.

Assessment: One 3-hour end of semester examination (70%) and assignments and quizzes throughout the semester totalling less than 2000 words (30%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the end of this subjects students should be able to:

  • describe and quantitatively analyse the global energy balance and water carbon cycles, and their interaction
  • describe the process of evapotranspiration and perform quantitative analyses on meteorological and environmental data to compute evapotranspiration
  • describe and perform quantitative analyses on precipitation processes and measurements
  • describe and perform quantitative analyses on processes that control runoff and streamflow at the catchment scale
  • describe and perform quantitative analyses on processes of particulate and soluable contaminant generation and transport in surface waters
  • describe approaches to hydrological modelling and develop quantitive models of hydrological processes
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Environmental
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Science

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