The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to 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.



  • Semester 1 - 2020

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.

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses CIVL2040 Engineering Probabilities and CIVL2060 Numerical Methods (previously CIVL2050); CIVL2310 Fluids Mechanics.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Report: Lab Reports *

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: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students are required to submit minor technical reports on the experiments.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Criterion fail ensures that students exhibit analytical competency solving problems in hydrology.
  • Report: 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



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