Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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 courses 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.


BCA Singapore

  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply 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.


  • Water engineering decision making: Review and critique benefit-cost analysis; introduce multi-criteria analysis.
  • 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.
  • Water resource planning: Water supply systems; drought risk assessment; reservoir operation.  

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses ENGG2300 Engineering Fluid Mechanics (previously CIVL2310); CIVL3330 Hydrology (previously CIVL4330); ENGG2100 Engineering Risk and Uncertainty (previously CIVL2040); and CIVL2060 Numerical Probabilities (previously CIVL2050).

Assessment items

Project: Group Design Projects x 3 *

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:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students are required to obtain at least 50% in the final examination exam to pass the course.
  • Project: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain an aggregate project mark, across all projects, of at least 50% to pass the course.

Contact hours

BCA Singapore and Callaghan


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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The actual mix of lecture and tutorial will vary from week to week.

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.