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Course Overview

This course aims to introduce students to key concepts and approaches used to understand, monitor and model rivers and river basins. It focuses on understanding the movement of water through river basins and the links between river flow regimes, habitats and ecosystems. Students are introduced to a number of important approaches used in modern day hydrology and the insights that these provide into how river basins are structured and function, both hydrologically and ecologically.  The course involves a mixture of traditional lectures, dealing with state-of-the-art knowledge, and hands-on computer based exercises.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Josie Geris

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The course will be delivered through a series of blocks, extending from background theory and concepts to the application of sophisticated, modern day monitoring and modelling approaches used to understand catchment behaviour. The course will draw upon wide a range of case study material, underpinned by staff research in the UK, across the Northern Hemisphere and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Block 1: What happens when it rains? Water movement through catchments - understanding hydrological pathways and links to applied problems (such as drought, floods) (DT) Block 2: Water and sediment movement in river channels - fluvial processes and river habitats (CG) Block 3: Using models to help understand catchment hydrology and to simulate hydrological processes (DT) Block 4: Linking hydrology to ecology (CG)

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 100% coursework: three data response exercises, the last to be set as part of the examination diet. Resit: A resit for this course is not normally available until the following academic year.

Formative Assessment

There is no stand-alone, formal formative assessment. However, feedback on summative assessments will help students to improve their subsequent performances within the course and for related second half-session courses.


Students will receive individual, written feedback on their coursework using our standard comments sheets

Course Learning Outcomes


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