Course code GEO220

GEO220 Hydrogeology

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Course responsible: Helen Kristine French
Teachers: Michael Heim, Leif Vidar Jakobsen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Minimum 5 students.

Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .

Course frequency: <p>Annually</p><p><br/><br/><br/><br/></p>
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Last time: 2015H
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Course contents:

Lectures are given, but are provided in fronter together with other teaching materials. The course covers: Properties of groundwater basins, the flow of groundwater. Exercises: 1. The use of groundwater maps. 2. Flash components in Fronter 3. Web searches: The national well database. Excursion: One half day in the NMBU area: Groundwater in surficial deposits (Frydenhaug). Other information: This course uses Fronter for communication with the students outside of the lectures.

Learning outcome:

In the course, the students will learn about the properties of normal groundwater supplies and how they can be utilised and protected against pollution. The connections between soil-forming rock, surficial deposits and groundwater, will be emphasised through the use of maps and databases. The student should understand how groundwater behaves and moves including the basic equations for groundwater flow. The student will become familiar with the most important properties of groundwater as compared to surface water. After completing the course, the student should be able to conduct a practical evaluation of the utilisation of groundwater as drinking water and as an ecological resource. The student should have obtained an understanding for groundwater as an important resource that must be managed in a sustainable way. The course will also give an understanding of the fact that groundwater not always is a renewable resource.

Learning activities:
Lectures and practicals, but can also be followed remotely from lectures notes (power point files) and Flash components. The teaching consists of: 1. Explanation of the theory on the flow of groundwater and the properties of groundwater basins. 2. The use of groundwater maps where one applies the theory. 3. Submission of answers to compulsory exercises. 4. Work with excerices from the text book or additional, where the students learn about groundwater systems and can test their own knowledge.
Teaching support:

Web-based via Fronter.


1. Fundamentals of groundwater, Schwartz and Zhang, Wiley and sons, 2003,

2. Additional literature and Flash components in Fronter.



Recommended prerequisites:

FYS100, GEO210 (can be taken at the same time).

Mandatory activity:

Compulsory assignments, excursions.


Final written examination (3 hours): 100%.

Nominal workload:

150 hours.

Entrance requirements:

Natural Sciences

Reduction of credits:


Type of course:

Lectures: 20 hours. Exercises: 25. Web searching: 4 hours. Excursion: 6 hours.


An external examiner is used for the assessment of the written examination. The examiner is involved in planning the course and in making the exam questions.

Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått