Contaminant Hydrogeology

Subject ENEN90030 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: 48 hours per semester
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge from the following subjects will assist with learning in this subject:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students can not gain credit for the following subjects if undertaking this subject:

421-491 Quantification of Physical Processes B


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Dongryeol Ryu


Dr Dongryeol Ryu

Subject Overview:

This course covers theoretical and practical aspects of groundwater flow, and groundwater contaminant transport. The subject includes the modelling of groundwater flow, pollutants transport through porous media, and diffusion of carbon in porous rock (geo-sequestration)

Specific topics include:

  • Groundwater flow in saturated aquifer systems
  • Charactersiation of acquifer systems using various hydraulic tests
  • Numerical solution of groundwater flow
  • Groundwater flow in the vadose zone
  • Characterisation of unconfined aquifer systems
  • Mass transport in saturated media
  • Transformation, retardation and attentuation of solutes
  • Organice/inorganic compounds in groundwater
  • Nonaqueous-phase liquids in groundwater
  • Introduction to site remediation

Objectives: On completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Identify major sources and types of groundwater contamination
  • Compute groundwater flow and contaminant transport in porous media
  • Recognize chemical reactions and biodegradation of groundwater contaminants
  • Quantitatively assess the fate of contaminants via modelling
  • Design basic site remediation
  • One 2-hour examination, end of semester (30%)
  • 3 x 2500 word report, due end of semester (60%)
  • 4 x10-minute quizzes, held throughout the semester (10%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
Related Course(s): Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Environmental Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Environmental)

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