Characterising Groundwater Resources - GEOSM402

Groundwater is a vital resource in many regions of the world for sustaining populations and groundwater-dependent ecosystems. This micro-credential focuses on techniques for quantifying and utilizing groundwater resources.

The course is designed for people who have undergraduate-level scientific literacy and numeracy skills as well as some knowledge of groundwater systems.

Topics covered include conceptual model development, using flow equations in groundwater systems, an introduction to drilling technology, production wells and aquifer testing.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Three PD Points, convertible to academic credit
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Course dates
24 June - 12 July 2024

Registrations close

17 June 2024

3 weeks total
75 hours composed of readings and videos, learning activities and discussions during online workshops, completion of
assessment tasks. 
2x 3hr online classes per week for 3 weeks.
Academic Leads
Dr Sarah Bourke
$990 inc. GST
Critical information summary
GEOSM402 – Critical information summary [PDF, 244KB]

What you'll learn

Demonstrate understanding of hydrogeological principles

Basic skills in the analysis and interpretation of hydrogeological information

How to explain and report on hydrogeological issues

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • Improve your ability to quantify groundwater resources
  • Learn industry-standard approaches for utilising groundwater resources
  • Deepen your understanding of sustainable management of groundwater systems

Who should study this course?

This micro-credential is ideal for people who are working in groundwater-related roles, or who are considering a career in
groundwater and are seeking to advance their knowledge and understanding groundwater resource characterisation.
This micro-credential should follow GEOSM401 Introduction to Groundwater Systems.

Recommended prior knowledge

Students in this micro-credential should have:
  • An understanding of the key processes and properties of groundwater systems (e.g. recharge, hydraulic conductivity, transmissivity)
  • Undergraduate-level numeracy skills including unit conversions and rearranging equations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel for data analysis and data plotting and PowerPoint for
    drawing simple schematic diagrams
  • Familiarity with applying differential equations to quantify natural systems is beneficial

What's next after this course?

Future study
This micro-credential is paired with GEOSM401. Completing this micro-credential can be used as academic credit towards
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems on enrolment in the Master of Hydrogeology at UWA.


Registrations are open.

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