Hydrology

Course code CIVL4330Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

Introduces hydrology and the hydraulics of open channels. Topics include an overview 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. Characterisation of steady flow, controls and channel design. Unsteady flow in channels.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
ObjectivesThe course provides an introduction to hydrology and open channel hydraulics from the perspective of the scientist and engineer. The scientific perspective provides a first-principles 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.
Content1. 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. Characterisation 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)CIVL3330 Hydrology
TransitionN/A.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeContent covered in courses CIVL2050 Engineering Computations and Probability, and CIVL2310 Fluids Mechanics.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalStudents must satisfactorily pass the final examination to pass the course.
Criterion fail ensures that students exhibit analytical competency solving problems in hydrology.
Laboratory ExercisesCriterion fail on laboratory reports ensures that students demonstrate skills in observation and analysis and communication of experimental results.

NOTE: Any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in Week 1.
Contact HoursLecture: 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
Compulsory Course ComponentThe course has three laboratory experiments which demonstrate key, difficult to understand, features of free surface flow. These experiments are integrated into the assignment tasks and represent an essential learning path. The students are required to submit minor technical reports on the experiments.

The criterion fail on laboratory reports ensures that students demonstrate skills in observation and analysis and communication of experimental results.

Any student who has failed this component is given the opportunity to resubmit his/her lab reports.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for CIVL4330