Teaching @ UNSW Sydney

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney

Undergraduate courses

Water Resource Engineering (CVEN3501)

The first 75% of the course is hydrology. The last 25% is about groundwater: Hydraulic conductivity, Darcy’s law, intrinsic permeability, water potential, hydraulic head, unsaturated zone, aquifers, aquicludes, aquitards, steady state flow, transient flow, effective stress, transmissitivity, storativity, pump test interpretation.

Responsibility: Lecturer for the groundwater component, 1 assignment, final exam (2017, 2016, 2013). Approx. 400 students.

Groundwater Resource Investigation (CVEN4503)

Review of groundwater occurrence in Australia. Physical properties of groundwater and groundwater occurrence. Principles of groundwater flow. Storage and transmissivity - impacts of groundwater abstraction. Groundwater in the hydrological cycle: flow nets; surface water groundwater interconnectivity. Groundwater modelling. Unsaturated zone flow and calculation of infiltration. Groundwater recharge mechanisms and water balance calculations. Drilling methods for groundwater abstraction; geophysical logging; well design and completion for water production bores. Solutions to the radial flow equation; pumping test interpretation; a program of field work and data analysis will be undertaken at the UNSW Farm in Wellington.

Responsibility: Lecturer for half the course, instructor during the 3-day field camp, setting and marking assignments and the final field report (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014). Approx. 50 students.

Postgraduate courses

Groundwater Hydrology and Resources Analysis (CVEN9630)

The properties of soil and water; hydraulic head, hydraulic conductivity and Darcy’s Law; physics of groundwater movement; introduction to groundwater modeling; groundwater storage and geotechnical impacts of groundwater withdrawal; groundwater hydrograph analysis, barometric and tidal efficiencies; water in the unsaturated zone; groundwater in the hydrological cycle and recharge calculation; Surface water groundwater connectivity; Groundwater resource evaluation – drilling methods; geophysical logging; step-testing, pumping test design and interpretation; radial flow modeling; borehole efficiency and maintenance.

Responsibility: Course coordinator (2015-2017), lecturer for half the course, setting and marking 2 assignments (2014-2017). Approx. 20-35 students.

Transport and Transformation of Contaminants (CVEN9885)

Processes controlling transformation and fate of chemicals in the environment. Measurement and prediction of contaminant behaviour in natural and engineered systems. Fundamentals of dispersion common to all environmental media (air, water, soil). Air chemistry; interaction and degradation of gaseous pollutants in the atmosphere. Dispersion processes; nature of dispersion processes, advection and diffusion. Modelling of dispersion in the atmosphere water bodies and soils.

Responsibility: Course coordinator (2016-217), lecturer (2015-2017), setting and marking assignments, final exam. Approx. 40-50 students.