ENVU6DB: Drainage Basins


Before taking this module it is advised that you should have passed: The Biosphere (ENVU4E4)

Module Description

This module will focus on hydrological science at the catchment scale, introducing students to the environmental processes within the aquatic environment, and how these are linked, and influenced by the surrounding land. We will examine the theory and practice involved in the collection and interpretation of environmental data that will consider the dynamics of both quantity and quality of water in the running (lotic) and standing (lentic) water habitats that make up surface drainage networks

The module will be taught by four members of staff covering three specific areas:

  • Channel form, flow and sediment dynamics
  • Hydrochemistry
  • Limnology

In addition to the taught lectures, there will be three practical sessions, each relating to one of the specific areas of the course. The content of the practicals will therefore compliment the lecture materials and learning outcomes. Students will collect environmental data and collate, analyse and present their results in written reports that will form part of the assessment for the course.

Module Objectives

  • demonstrate and understanding of how fluvial processes shape river channel morphology, instream physical habitat and water chemistry
  • demonstrate and understanding of the processes controlling the quantity and quality of catchment runoff
  • demonstrate and understanding of the techniques for measuring the quantity and quality of water within drainage basins
  • demonstrate and understanding of limnological processes.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of collecting environmental data
  • analyse and interpret environmental data
  • produce concise and structured practical reports
  • answer unseen questions on the module in a time limited context.


Scheduled Teaching: 37 hours
Independent Study: 163 hours
Placements: 0 hours


Coursework: 60%
Examination: 40%
Practical: 0%

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