Experimental Hydrology


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To qualify the student to understand and estimate hydro-geological parameters by in-situ and laboratory test and experiments in relation to a specific site and/or transport phenomenon. This includes the planning of a measuring programme based on suitable measuring methods and positions, setting up a time schedule and a data processing procedure. The course aims to give especially students without experiences in problem and project based learning hands-on experiences with this leaning method.

Learning objectives


  • Groundwater system and its essential properties and parameters.
  • Experimental methods for property and parameter estimation of the groundwater zone.
  • Uncertainties and limitations of the applied methods.


  • To select, design and conduct suitable in-situ test for estimating saturated hydraulic properties.
  • To select, design and conduct suitable laboratory test for estimating hydraulic saturated hydraulic properties.
  • To analyse and evaluate test results and methods regarding suitability and reliability. 
  • To organise documentation and presentation of measured data.


  • To describe, analyse, and evaluate a specific part of the groundwater system, regarding its composition and its properties through a planned investigation of the system.
  • To structure and plan the project and the work in a group.
  • To produce technical documentation of complex problems, methods and results in group co-operation. 
  • To communicate findings and solutions graphical as well as oral to the relevant target audience.

Type of instruction

Lectures, etc. supplemented with project work, workshops, presentation seminars, field and lab tests.

Extent and expected workload

The module is 5 ECTS which is corresponding to 150 hours of study.



Name of examExperimental Hydrology
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Written or oral exam based on presentation seminar and mini-project report. Exam format is decided by the start of the semester.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleEksperimentel hydrologi
Module codeB-GEO-K1-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Geography
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science