Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should:

  1. Be able to apply Darcy's law to solve basic problems related to flow through porous media.
  2. Understand the governing equations for 2D and 3D groundwater flow, including what simplifying assumptions are used in the derivation of the equations.
  3. Be able to develop conceptual models of groundwater flow systems, including properly formulated boundary conditions.
  4. Understand the basic structure and organization of the MODFLOW model.
  5. Be able to select the appropriate MODFLOW packages for a particular problem and develop the package input.
  6. Understand issues related to MODFLOW solvers and be able to solve common instability issues.
  7. Be able to apply GIS data to develop regional groundwater simulations with MODFLOW.
  8. Be able to calibrate groundwater models using both manual approaches and automated tools such as the PEST code.
  9. Be able to analyze flow directions using particle tracking.
  10. Be able to peform stochastic simulations and analyze uncertainty.
  11. Be able to perform transient simulations.
  12. Be able to do basic groundwater analysis tasks in ArcGIS.