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ES5011   Water in the Environment

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module provides an introduction to hydrogeology (the distribution and movement of water through rocks and soils) and water quality and contamination. In the module we study the theory and concept of hydrology and groundwater flow, how to model fluid flows and how to predict solute and contaminant transport. We study key aqueous pollutants (e.g. metals, radionuclides, nutrients), their behaviour in different waters (speciation, mobility, bioavailability and toxicity) and methods of remediation.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Undergraduate - Before taking this module you must pass ES3008. Undergraduate students without the prerequisite but with a suitable Chemistry background should be considered. Undergraduate - Before taking this module you must pass ES3008

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Total of 20 hours of lectures, 9 hours of practicals, one field trip and interviews.

Scheduled learning hours: 35

Guided independent study hours: 115

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework (including Technical Brief, Media Interview and Qualitative analysis exercise) = 60%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 15%
Coursework: 45%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr N Allison, Mr A Black (Groundwater Science Ltd)