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ENVX3003: Hydrological Monitoring and Modelling

Globally, and in Australia in particular, water quantity and quality problems are growing due to increasing human use and a changing climate. In this unit, you will engage with field-based and quantitative problems related to water quantity and quality. This includes a multi-day field trip to regional NSW to collect samples and engage with field-based activities. During these activities, you will develop field-based skills for collection of hydrological data. The data will be used later in the unit to analyse and map the water quantity and quality issues in the catchment, relating this to landscape, management and climate. The second part of the unit focusses on developing an insight into model building, model calibration, validation and sensitivity analysis. It links back to the field experience by using long-term data collected by previous student cohorts and focussing on the identified landscape issues. This part of the study will allow you to directly engage with numerical approaches in prediction and forecasting in landscape hydrological models. The unit of study is specifically designed to extend your field hydrological knowledge and to strengthen your analytical and numerical skills in this area.

Details

Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Unit code ENVX3003
Unit name Hydrological Monitoring and Modelling
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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LWSC3007
Prerequisites
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Completion of 72 credit points of units of study
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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SOIL2005 or GEOS2116 or ENVI1003 or GEOS1001 or ENSC2001

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Willem Vervoort, willem.vervoort@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Floris Van Ogtrop , floris.vanogtrop@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final exam
Final exam Record + (AI invigilation)
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Small test Assignment 1
Online quiz
10% Week 04 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6
Assignment Assignment 2
Written assignment
10% Week 07 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Practical report
Report
15% Week 12 3000 word
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO7 LO3
Presentation group assignment Group presentation and diary
Presentation and diary
15% Week 12 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO7
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Mid-semester break Fieldtrip to Cootamundra, cancelled in 2020 due to COVID19, an alternative field activity might be organised Field trip (14 hr)  
Week 01 1. How do we know what water is where and how much?; 2. Overview of the unit topics and review of SOIL2005 Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 Rainfall-runoff processes in a changing world Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 03 1. Using models to manage water resources; 2. Distributed models and lumped models Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 04 1. Finding data to work with models, how much detail do I need?; 2. Basic model calibration and evaluation Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 05 Calibrating a model to data, approaches from least squares to Bayesian Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 06 Using models to analyse scenarios of change: pitfalls and opportunities Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 07 Water quality and management Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 08 Water quality and management Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 09 Water quality and management Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 10 Water quality and management Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 11 Water quality and management Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 12 Review of the unit Lecture (2 hr)  
Weekly Weekly practical. Analysing data, developing modelling skills, working with field data Computer laboratory (30 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance requirements for this unit of study have been amended. Where online tutorials/workshops/virtual laboratories have been scheduled, students should make every effort to attend and participate at the scheduled time. Penalties will not be applied if technical issues, etc. prevent attendance at a specific online class. In that case, students should discuss the problem with the coordinator, and attend another session, if available.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. confidently explain the different processes in the hydrological cycle
  • LO2. independently collect spatial and temporal water data and analyse and interpret this data and understand relevant related QA processes
  • LO3. link water quantity and water quality to landscape, climate and management
  • LO4. calibrate and validate a hydrological model
  • LO5. articulate advantages and disadvantages of using simulation models for catchment management
  • LO6. identify the interplay between data availability, data quality and models
  • LO7. critically analyse problems around sustainable water resource management policy and practice in Australia using course material, scientific literature, policy and popular media.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
This is the second year the unit runs, we are waiting on the feedback from the first year.

Work, health and safety

We are governed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and Codes of Practice. Penalties for non-compliance have increased. Everyone has a responsibility for health and safety at work. The University’s Work Health and Safety policy explains the responsibilities and expectations of workers and others, and the procedures for managing WHS risks associated with University activities.
 

General laboratory safety rules

  • No eating or drinking is allowed in any laboratory under any circumstances 
  • A laboratory coat and closed-toe shoes are mandatory 
  • Follow safety instructions in your manual and posted in laboratories 
  • In case of fire, follow instructions posted outside the laboratory door 
  • First aid kits, eye wash and fire extinguishers are located in or immediately outside each laboratory 

As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that you have a current tetanus immunisation. This can be obtained from University Health Service: unihealth.usyd.edu.au/ 

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