Course code GEO221

GEO221 Hydrogeology - Field Course

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Course responsible: Helen Kristine French
Teachers: Leif Vidar Jakobsen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5, maximum 14 (depending on the number of students from other educational institutions). Maximum 20-22 in total on the course.  
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in June block. This course has teaching/evaluation in June block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2004V
Preferential right:
Bachelor- and masterstudents in MINA
Course contents:
This is a field course with exercises. The following topics are included: Surface mapping, bearing pipe test, infiltration test, inspection boring, test boring, test pumping, geophysical methods, pollution studies, measurement of groundwater levels.
Learning outcome:
The course builds on GEO220 or equivalent. The student will learn how to use common methods for investigating groundwater in the field. The processing of data gives the student a basis for evaluating the value and uncertainty of such methods. The student will learn which methods can be used in practical studies of groundwater, where the aims of the investigations can be of different nature. The student will get an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods. He/she will also learn how to evaluate the properties of a groundwater basin. The student should after the course be capable of conducting groundwater investigations as a basis for: A) groundwater withdrawal for drinking water B) Protection of groundwater supplies and C) evaluating groundwater contamination situations. The student should obtain an overall understanding of necessary field exploroation for a sustainable groundwater management.
Learning activities:

 The course is a national field course in hydrogeology, with participants from NMBU, UiO, UiB, NTNU HSN and HVL . The students are split into groups, with participants from the different learning institutions in each group. In this way, students with different backgrounds can benefit from each other's knowledge.

The day is split as follows: morning exercise, afternoon exercise. Processing of data in the evenings. The students move, in groups, from exercise to exercise, and teachers from the institutions involved teach their specialities in one place. In this way, the students come in contact with experts in different fields of the subject of groundwater and the teachers present the same information to all the groups.

Teaching support:
Written material will be found on Canvas.
GEO100, GEO220 or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation on exercises. Absence must be approved by the course manager.
Report: 100%. Grading system: Pass/Not pass.
Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
2 exercises per day for 10 days. Evening work with data preparation and report writing. There will be some preparatory work prior to the field course and finishing of the course report during the first few days after the field excursions.
GEO221 runs over two weeks in the June block, and can be taken together with GEO211 Quaternary geology - field course. The course location may vary from one year to another. Exact dates and location to be announced later on Canvas. 
Teachers from different learning institutions participate in the course. Participating teachers from NMBU and UiO, evaluate the reports and give feed-back about any weaknesses of the reports. Students alo present their work for the entire group towards the end of the course. We have a planning meeting each year where all the teachers and examiners involved discuss what went well and what didn't work out last time, and how we can improve the course.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Passed / Failed