The Graduate Diploma in Science (Groundwater Hydrology) is a 36-unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.

The course articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate 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 for related topics towards the Graduate Diploma.

Admission requirements

Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Certificate in Science (Groundwater Hydrology) 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.

Course aims

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.

Learning outcomes

 After completion of this course, students are expected to:

  • have gained an in-depth knowledge of relevance to 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
  • have an enhanced understanding of current groundwater issues and the technologies
  • employed to deal with them ability to communicate effectively
  • be able to work both independently and within interdisciplinary research groups
  • value ethical behaviour.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Science (Groundwater Hydrology), a student must complete 36 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

27 units comprising:

 EASC8742  Groundwater Modelling  (4.5 units)*
 EASC8751  Hydrochemistry GE  (4.5 units)*
 EASC9700  NCGRT Australian Groundwater School  (4.5 units)**
 EASC9772  Physical Hydrogeology GE  (4.5 units)*
 EASC9701  Field Methods in Hydrology  (4.5 units)**
 ENVS8771  Ecohydrology GE  (4.5 units)*

Option - Year 1 topics

plus one of:

 EASC9782  Contaminant and Tracer Hydrology  (4.5 units)*
 ENVS9722  Integrated Water Management  (4.5 units)*
 STEM8001  Research Methods and Professional Skills  (4.5 units)*

plus one of:

 EASC9782  Contaminant and Tracer Hydrology  (4.5 units)*
 ENVS9722  Integrated Water Management  (4.5 units)*
 ENVS9780  Environmental Agency Placement  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8761  Caring as Country: Indigenous Environmental Management GE  (4.5 units)
 STEM8001  Research Methods and Professional Skills  (4.5 units)*
 STEM8002  Introduction to Geographical Information Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 STEM8003  Remote Sensing for all Disciplines GE  (4.5 units)
 STEM8006  Airborne Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry GE  (4.5 units)
 STEM8100  Research Project in Science GE  (4.5 units)

or, with the approval of the Course Coordinator a 4.5 unit topic at the requisite level where prerequisites and course outcomes are met.

*Topic offered externally

**Topic offered externally with intensive component/s