Course Syllabus for

Groundwater Engineering

VTGN10F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2021
Decided by: Professor Thomas Johansson
Date of establishment: 2021-03-25

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: VTGN10
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to deepen the student's knowledge and skills within the field of hydrogeology as a tool to manage and solve problems concerning civil and foundation engineering, 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.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to execute engineering calculations and evaluations regarding problems related to hydrogeology, groundwater hydraulics, groundwater chemistry and contaminant transport in groundwater.

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must show an insight into the need for a multidisciplinary attitude and simultaneous evaluation of geological, hydrological, hydraulic, chemical, ecological, anthropogenic and other conditions when dealing with civil and foundation engineering, water supply and urban/rural planning and construction.

Course Contents

Hydrogeology. Groundwater occurrence, behaviour and flow in various kinds of aquifers. Soil water and soil water movement. The influence of geology on the aquifer properties. Fluctuations in groundwater level on various time-scales and in various formations. Groundwater flow and properties governing the flow characteristics. Temperature and age of groundwater. Groundwater quality and quality characteristics. Groundwater sampling, water analyses, chemical composition, equilibrium and chemical processes. Contamination processes and contaminant transport. External additions including acidification. Drilling and well technology. Hydraulic properties of aquifers and wells including storativity and transmissivity. Groundwater withdrawal and test pumpings. Analysis of data from aquifer tests by analytical and graphical methods as well as computer software. Hydraulic and hydrogeological boundaries. General descriptions of different sources of pollutants. Description and calculation of leaching of contaminants. One computer software exercise, four exercises based on geological and hydrogeological maps and one field demonstration of hydraulic tests.

Course Literature

Conny Svensson's compendium will be distributed by the department.

Instruction Details

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

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Assistant head of department Gerhard Barmen

Admission Details

Admission requirements: -VTGA01 Engineering Geology OR VTGA05 Engineering Geology -VVRA05 Water OR VVRA01 Hydrology and Aquatic Ecology + VVRF10 Fluid Mechanics
Assumed prior knowledge: FMIF50 Environmental Science, Especially Environmental Chemistry AND FMAA05 Calculus on One Dimension.

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2024-10-31
End date: 2025-01-14
Course pace: Full time

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Gerhard Barmen <>
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