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Environmental and Water Science Programme

Water is the cornerstone of life as we know it.  We live in a world where more and more people rely on a limited water supply.  South Africa with an average annual rainfall of 500mm has limited water resources. If we do not understand our water resources and the environments where they occur, we cannot manage them and then will be heading for disaster.

If you are interested in the interaction of humans with the environment, the processes operating in the environment and affecting our water resources and the influence of natural phenomena on the environment, this degree is for you.

We build skills to assess and manage environmental issues related to surface water, groundwater, soils, climate and land use. Our modules focus, amongst others, on:  

  • The protection of our water resources from over-exploitation and pollution.
  • Understanding soils for conservation and erosion control and food security.
  • Land, water and vulnerability assessments using Geographical Information Systems for map creation
Degrees Offered
  • B.Sc (Environmental and Water Science)

EWP 311

Undergraduate Programmes - Environmental and Water Science Programme

ENV311  Environmental and Water Science 311                                           (30 credits) 

[Pre-requisite: COS114 or COS124]

Main Content:

  • Determination of aquifer parameters
  • Design and interpret pumping tests for aquifer assessment
  • Regional groundwater flow in geological formations
  • Groundwater flow to wells
  • Interpretation of numerical flow simulations for groundwater
  • Mechanisms of dewatering processes
  • Main chemical processes and reactions in aquifer systems
  • Basic concept of isotope applications in hydrogeology
  • Analytical and numerical simulation of groundwater flow
  • Basics of mass transport and contaminant transport in aquifers

Main outcomes: It is expected that on completion of this module student will be able to:

  • Explain methods used for aquifer characterization
  • Explain flow dynamics of groundwater in three types of boundary conditions
  • Interpret numerical flow simulations for groundwater
  • Realize that water resources naturally interact with the environment and are affected by anthropogenic influences
  • Explain chemical reactions and processes between water and rocks

  • Describe mass transport and contaminant transport in groundwater
 

EWP 312

Undergraduate Programmes - Environmental and Water Science Programme

ENV312  Environmental and Water Science 312                                                  (30 credits)

[Pre-requisite: COS114 or COS124]

Main Content:

  • Theoretical overview of environmental management principles and practices
  • South African environmental management policy and procedures: Environment Conservation Act, National Environmental Management Act, Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations etc
  • Case studies on the most common types of applications for activities in South Africa, dealing with

Main outcomes:   At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles and practices of environmental management
  • Identify the key documents in the South African environmental management policy and procedures
  • Produce a Basic Assessment process and a Scoping/Environmental Impact Assessment process
 

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