10 Units

Hydrology and the hydraulics of open channels. Topics include analysis of precipitation, evaporation, infiltration and runoff. Hydrology, frequency and routing of floods. Yield analysis, climate and hydrologic mass balance. Open channel hydraulics including mass, energy and momentum equations. Characterization of steady flow, controls and channel design. Unsteady flow in channels.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

The course provides an introduction to hydrology and open channel hydraulics from the perspective of the scientist and engineer. The scientific perspective provides an overview of the hydrologic cycle, whereas the engineering perspective emphasises the application of hydrology to water and environmental design. The course will: A1. Introduce the discipline of hydrology and open channel hydraulics A2. Include laboratory experiments to illustrate key concepts A3. Introduce solution techniques for common problems in hydrology A4. Develop critical thinking skills A5. Generate excitement about the course

  1. Hydrologic cycle
  2. Precipitation and intensity-frequency-duration analysis
  3. Evapotranspiration
  4. Infiltration
  5. Runoff
  6. Energy, mass and momentum equations in open channel hydraulics
  7. Characterization of steady flow
  8. Channel controls
  9. Channel design
  10. Flood frequency analysis
  11. Unsteady flow
  12. Reservoir routing
  13. Rainfall runoff routing
Replacing Course(s) N/A.
Transition N/A.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Fortran programming, basic probability and statistics and elementary engineering fluid mechanics.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Examination: Formal - Students must satisfactorily pass the final examination to pass the course. Criterion fail ensures that students exhibit analytical competency solving problems in hydrology.
  • Laboratory Exercises - Students must satisfactorily pass the laboratory exercises to pass the course. NOTE: Any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issues in Week 1.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for CIVL6330

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