Contaminant Hydrogeology

Subject ENEN90030 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours, comprising of 34 hours of lectures, 8 hours of tutorials and 6 hours of laboratory sessions
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge from the following subjects will assist with learning in this subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students cannot enrol in and gain credit for this subject and:

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

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


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
  • Three 2500-word reports, held throughout the semester (64%)
  • Three 20-minute quizzes, held throughout the semester (6%)
  • One 2-hour examination, held end of semester (30%)
Prescribed Texts:


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
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Environmental)

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