Applied Hydrogeology in Alberta

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

The course will intro­duce the prac­tice of hydro­ge­ol­o­gy as gen­er­al­ly applied in Alber­ta. Three areas of hydro­ge­ol­o­gy will be explored, with empha­sis on con­di­tions in Alber­ta. These areas include:(1) Hydro­ge­o­log­i­cal Site Assess­ment, (2) Ground­wa­ter Resource Eval­u­a­tion and Man­age­ment, and (3) Ground­wa­ter Mon­i­tor­ing. Top­ics will include prin­ci­ples and prac­tices of con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed site assess­ment, reg­u­la­to­ry con­sid­er­a­tions, con­cep­tu­al mod­els, envi­ron­men­tal risk man­age­ment, and ground­wa­ter reme­di­a­tion. Meth­ods of char­ac­ter­iz­ing region­al base­line hydro­ge­ol­o­gy, ground­wa­ter resource quan­ti­ty and qual­i­ty, and ground­wa­ter vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty will be cov­ered, along with dis­cus­sion of issues such as ground­wa­ter mod­el­ling, water­shed man­age­ment, ground­wa­ter-sur­face water inter­ac­tion, and impli­ca­tions of cli­mate change. Also con­sid­ered will be the key ele­ments of design­ing an effec­tive ground­wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram both on a local and a region­al scale.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the key elements of hydrogeological characterization in terms of groundwater flow and groundwater quality, on a local or regional scale.
  • Conceptualize the management of potential risks posed by groundwater contamination in the context of Alberta regulations.
  • Understand the concept and manifestations of regional groundwater flow.
  • Explain how groundwater resource evaluation is conducted in Alberta.
  • Understand Alberta’s groundwater regulatory framework.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current and emerging groundwater and water management issues in Alberta.
Take note:

  • Bring a scientific calculator, ruler, pencil, eraser, and paper for each day of class.
  • While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior knowledge of the following is recommended for student success: knowledge of Earth materials and processes; basic mathematics skills for manipulating equations; basic understanding of physics (e.g. force, pressure, and energy); basic chemistry; use of spreadsheets (e.g. Excel).
  • Course assessment includes work and assignments outside of class times; in-class exams may also be included.
  • Post-course work is required and facilitated through eClass.
  • Please bring your own laptop or tablet to class; Wi-Fi is available.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Offered:

Overall Schedule
Lecture/Class Schedule
Apr 8Apr 10
Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Friday

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sunday

Apr 16Apr 17
Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sunday

May 1 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Tannis Sharp

Your Instructor

Tannis Sharp

Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times and requires a post-work com­po­nent to be com­plet­ed after the last online meet­ing. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • 39 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at corporate.learning@ualberta.ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until April 8, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

  • Offered now
  • Online delivery
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites


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