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Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course VTGN05F valid from Spring 2021

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  • 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.

  • 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 .

Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to thoroughly make use of his/her knowledge on the occurrence, behaviour, origin and movement as well as the chemical and physical characteristics of groundwater and soil water when analyzing complex hydrogeological problems and situations.
    know the principles of a couple of common softwares for modelling and simulation of groundwater flow, aquifer properties, hydrogeochemical processes and contaminant transport.

Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to execute technical investigations and evaluations regarding problems related to hydrogeology, groundwater hydraulics, groundwater chemistry, contaminant transport in soil and groundwater and also aquifer protection.
    be able to use a number of computer programmes for evaluation and simulation of groundwater flow, aquifer properties, hydrogeochemical processes and contaminant transport.
    be able to estimate and present hydrogeologically and hydrogeochemically related investigations as written technical reports and orally for engineers, politicians and the public.
    show an ability to seek and value information with relevance for problems concerning groundwater and the environment in a self-governed and independent way.

Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • demonstrate to have adopted an attitude, which emphasize and valuate co-operation between different professionals and experts when planning and executing projects dealing with groundwater and contamination of soil and groundwater.
    demonstrate to have adopted an attitude, which encourage collaboration between people with different backgrounds and competences within a project group.
    show evidence of realizing the need for a multidisciplinary attitude and simultaneous evaluation of geological, hydrological, hydraulic, chemical, ecological, anthropogenic and other conditions when dealing with problems related to groundwater and environment.
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Exercises
  • Project
Examination Formats
  • Written report
  • Written assignments
  • Seminars given by participants
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • VTGN10 Groundwater Engineering (or documented active participation in at least 80% of the exercises in VTGN10 Groundwater Engineering).
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • Fetter, C. & Svensson, C.: Applied Hydrogeology; Groundwater chemistry.
Further Information
Course code
  • VTGN05F
Administrative Information
  • 2020-10-01
  • Professor Thomas Johansson

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

2 course occasions.

Course code ▽ Course Name ▽ Division ▽ Established ▽ Course syllabus valid from ▽ Start Date ▽ End Date ▽ Published ▽
VTGN05F Groundwater Modelling and Contaminant Transport Engineering Geology 2020‑10‑08 Spring 2021 2021‑01‑18 2021‑03‑19 2020‑10‑08
VTGN05F Groundwater Modelling and Contaminant Transport Engineering Geology 2021‑04‑20 Spring 2021 2022‑01‑17 2022‑03‑19 2021‑04‑20

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