Course Syllabus for

Groundwater Modelling and Contaminant Transport
Grundvattenmodellering och föroreningstransport

VTGN05F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2021
Decided by: Professor Thomas Johansson
Date of establishment: 2020-10-01

General Information

Division: Engineering Geology
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: VTGN05
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to deepen and develop the student's knowledge, skills and approach within the field of hydrogeology as a tool to manage and solve complex problems concerning water supply, waste treatment and urban/rural planning and construction in a way, which takes into account the needs of the inhabitants and the general goals for development of a sustainable society. Groundwater Modelling and Contaminant Transport is one of the core courses within an advanced specialization or a Master's Programme in Water Resources Engineering.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Hydrogeology. Groundwater occurrence, behaviour and flow in various kinds of aquifers. Groundwater flow and properties governing the flow characteristics. Groundwater quality and quality characteristics. Hydrochemical composition, equilibrium and chemical processes. Contamination processes and contaminant transport. External additions including acidification. Two minor and two major compulsory assignments resembling of qualified consultant commissions. In the assignments the students are expected to use their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to solve a complex groundwater-engineering problem emphasizing sustainability of groundwater resources and risk of contamination. By means of modelling tools like MODFLOW, SEEP2D and MT3DMS within GMS and PHREEQC, the students will simulate and describe for example environmental effects of changing groundwater exploitation patterns at municipal water works or of lowering the groundwater table at civil engineering construction works and also groundwater chemical effects of leakage from deposits of mining waste or infiltration of acid rain. The assignments are tackled in small groups of two students with frequent possibilities to consult a teacher, at least four hours per group of two in addition to eight hours scheduled advicing in a bigger group. Every student shall work with at least three different students during the four assignments. Peer review of two assignments. All assignments are presented as written technical reports and at least one assignment shall be presented orally at seminars and every student shall act as opponent and take active part in discussions at least once. Detailed written and oral feedback from the teachers to each group of two students .

Course Literature

Fetter, C. & Svensson, C.: Applied Hydrogeology; Groundwater chemistry.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, exercises, project

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Assistant head of department Gerhard Barmen

Admission Details

Admission requirements: VTGN10 Groundwater Engineering (or documented active participation in at least 80% of the exercises in VTGN10 Groundwater Engineering).

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2024-01-16
End date: 2024-03-17
Course pace: Full time

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Gerhard Barmen <>
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