Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to basic and advanced hydrology and open channel hydraulics concepts and their application in a range of civil and environmental engineering contexts. It lays the foundation for subsequent environmental modelling and water resources courses studied in the following years.


BCA Singapore

  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CIVL4330. Students who have successfully completed CIVL4330 are not eligible to enrol in CIVL3330.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Solve elementary hydrology and open channel problems encountered by engineers

2. Identify hydrology and open channel related problems

3. Conduct open channel experiments in a laboratory setting

4. Demonstrate report writing skills commensurate with 3rd year engineering students


  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. Characterisation of steady flow.
  8. Channel controls.
  9. Channel design.
  10. Flood frequency analysis.
  11. Unsteady flow.
  12. Reservoir routing.
  13. Rainfall runoff routing.  


Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed CIV4330.

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses ENGG2100 Engineering Risk and Uncertainty (previously CIVL2040), CIVL2060 Numerical Methods (previously CIVL2050) and ENGG2300 Engineering Fluid Mechanics (previously CIVL2310).

Students can undertake ENGG2100, CIVL2060 concurrently with CIVL3330 as the assumed knowledge material is covered before it is needed in CIVL3330.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Quiz: Midterm Quiz

Report: Laboratory Report *

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. Criterion fail on attendance and submission of laboratory reports ensures that students demonstrate skills in observation and analysis and communication of experimental results.

Contact hours

BCA Singapore and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full 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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.