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EA5090 - Applied Hydrology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

The subject will present advanced concepts and techniques in surface and groundwater hydrology. It will focus on today's major water resources issues in Australia and the rest of the World. It is intended to provide the students with an advanced understanding of the concepts and techniques necessary to identify, quantify, map and monitor the natural hydrological processes and assess the impact of activities. Case studies will be taken across a wide spectrum of space and time scales from large basins in Australia (eg Murray Darling) and the rest of the World (eg Amazon) to small local catchments. Special topics include dryland salinity, the impact of land use and climate change, water quality and pollution, recharge of aquifers, irrigation water, water resources development and environmental protection.

Learning Outcomes

  • to provide students with an advanced understanding of hydrological processes, methods for hydrological analysis and design as well as water quantity and availability issues;
  • to engage students with quantitative methods that are used to measure natural hydrologic processes;
  • to provide students with a better understanding of the general earth and environmental sciences from a hydrological perspective;
  • to equip students with a wide range of skills encountered in hydrological practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (60%) - Individual.


Cairns, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Face to face teaching 11-Apr-2023 to 14-Apr-2023 (The face-to-face component is compulsory)
Coord/Lect: Dr HanShe Lim.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 16 hours workshops
  • 13 hours online activity
  • 16 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.