Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing the course the student

  • understands the theoretical background of groundwater flow [knowledge]
  • understands the theoretical framework for the mathematical description of advection and dispersion in solute transport [knowledge]
  • can construct and apply groundwater models to simple dimensioning problems [skill]
  • can contribute as a team member of a group to a larger project work [skill]
  • is aware of the assumptions and sources of error in the numerical groundwater flow and solute transport modeling [identity]

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.11.2021 - 16.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Teemu Kokkonen, Harri Koivusalo

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Basic principles of flow in aquifers. One-dimensional and two-dimensional modelling of groundwater flow in confined and unconfined aquifers. Assessment of yield of an aquifer. Advection, diffusion, and dispersion in solute transport. Finite difference method in numerical solutions of groundwater and solute transport equations. Note that the course has a methodological emphasis with a focus on numerical groundwater and solute transport modelling.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, weekly exercises, planning assgnment (group work), exam.  Assessment of the course is based on the exercises, the planning assignment and the exam. Relative weights between the different components are given in the beginning of the course.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Study material is announced in the first lecture and in the course home page in MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course components are valid until the next time the course is given or as arranged separately.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    A limited number of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to students in the Master s Programme in Water and Environmental Engineering. Other students may be selected based on Motivation Letter and/or other criteria.

    The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.