The Graduate Certificate in Science (Groundwater Hydrology) is an 18-unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
The course articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Science (Groundwater Hydrology) and the 72-unit Master of Science (Groundwater Hydrology), and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate are awarded credit towards the Graduate Diploma.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in any relevant discipline of science and engineering, from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
A groundwater hydrologist is a scientist who understands how groundwater hydrological systems operate, has an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge in this field, can apply the scientific method to explore problems of relevance to this discipline, is able to use a range of analytical methods, including computer software to analyse relevant data, and field techniques, and can contribute to an advance of knowledge in this discipline.
The educational aims of this course are to provide students with an overview of processes that determine the source, amount and flows of water in aquifers with a particular focus on aspects relating to water problems facing Australia.
Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to:
- have gained knowledge of the discipline
- understand and be able to apply basic scientific methods
- be able to review and interpret scientific information
- be able to develop scientific hypotheses
- be able to communicate effectively
- be able to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
- value ethical behaviour.
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Science (Groundwater Hydrology), a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Core - Year 1 topics
4.5 units comprising:
EASC9700 NCGRT Australian Groundwater School** (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus 13.5 units selected from:
EASC8742 Groundwater Modelling (4.5 units)*
EASC8751 Hydrochemistry GE (4.5 units)*
EASC9772 Physical Hydrogeology GE (4.5 units)*
EASC9782 Contaminant and Tracer Hydrology (4.5 units)*
EASC9701 Field Methods in Hydrology (4.5 units)**
ENVS8771 Ecohydrology GE (4.5 units)*
ENVS9722 Integrated Water Management (4.5 units)*
*Topic offered externally
**Topic offered externally with intensive component/s