Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. VTGN05 overlaps following cours/es: VTG070. Compulsory for: MWLU1. Optional for: V4vr, W4vr. Course coordinator: Associate Professor Gerhard Barmen,, Engineering Geology. Prerequisites: VTG021 Groundwater Engineering or active participation in this course (which means participation in at least 80% of the exercises of the course). Assessment: Two minor and two major compulsory project commissions/assignments with written and oral presentation of the results and conclusions. The assessment of the assignments concerns structure and presentation as well as content and treatment, evaluation and valuation of information related to hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, groundwater modelling and contaminant transport. The performance of the assignments are weighted based on their scope and size to obtain the final mark of the course. Further information: The course is given in English. Home page:

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 student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

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 risk of contamination. By means of modelling tools like MODFLOW, MODPATH 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 with frequent possibilities to consult a teacher. The results are presented as a written technical report and orally at seminars.

Fetter, C W: Applied Hydrogeology, Fourth edition. Prentice Hall 2001. ISBN: 0130882399 or 0131226878.
Svensson, C: Compendium on Groundwater chemistry. Teknisk geologi, LTH 2010.
Assignments and commissions. Excerpts from publications and off-prints.