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 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Introduce the discipline of hydrology and open channel hydraulics
  2. Include laboratory experiments to illustrate key concepts
  3. Introduce solution techniques for common problems in hydrology
  4. Develop critical thinking skills
  5. 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  
Assumed Knowledge Fortran programming, basic probability and statistics and elementary engineering fluid mechanics.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written assessments
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab reports
  • Formal Examination: Examination ¿ Formal
  • Written Assignment: research assignment

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term
Plus informal student consultation time.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for CIVL6330
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