Water Engineering

10 Units

Provides an introduction to water engineering practice. It draws on earlier courses in fluid mechanics, hydrology, statistics and shows how the concepts developed in the earlier subjects can be applied to water engineering design. By examining in detail several water engineering design problems the course develops student awareness of the art of design and an appreciation of holistic thinking as well as specific water engineering skills.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
  1. Understand water engineering design philosophies.
  2. Develop competence in project assessment.
  3. Apply skills in hydraulics and hydrology to water engineering design.
  4. Solve water engineering design problems.
  5. Communicate design solutions.
  1. Water engineering decision making: Review and critique benefit-cost analysis; introduce multi-criteria analysis.
  2. Urban stormwater design: Focus on Australian practice; design at the street scale; use of computer software to assist design; design at the trunk drainage scale; detention basin design; water-sensitive design.
  3. Water resource planning: Water supply systems; drought risk assessment; reservoir operation.
Replacing Course(s) N/A.
Transition N/A.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge CIVL1320 Environmental Fluid Mechanics; CIVL2310 Fluid Mechanics; CIVL3330 Hydrology; CIVL2050 Engineering Computations and Probability - or equivalent.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Individual assignments and group design projects.
  • Examination: Formal - NOTE: Any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in Week 1.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Compulsory Course Component: Design Projects: Design projects are undertaken in a team environment and present a range of realistic water engineering design problems characterized by an element of ambiguity and non-uniqueness of solution. These projects cover all the course objectives. However, a number of key competencies assessed in these projects cannot be assessed in an examination situation. Accordingly, students must obtain an aggregate project mark, across all projects, of at least 50% to pass the course. Given that this is an aggregated mark and that students receive feedback between project submissions, no supplementary assessment will be provided. Final Examination: The final examination complements the design projects assessment which is group based. The examination assesses individual skills which cannot be effectively assessed in the design projects. Accordingly. students are required to obtain at least 50% in the final examination exam to pass the course. Students with final examination marks in the range of 40% to 50% will be offered a supplementary assessment item providing their project work is complete. Students with a final exam mark less than 40% will fail the course with no supplementary assessment available, as students in this band have not demonstrated sufficient understanding of the course material to be able to pass a supplementary assessment.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for CIVL64001

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