The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

BCA Singapore


    • Semester 2 - 2020

    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 CIVL2310 Fluid Mechanics; CIVL4330 Hydrology; CIVL2040 Engineering Probabilities and CIVL2060 Numerical Probabilities (previously CIVL2050).

    Assessment items

    Project: Group Design Projects *

    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.
    • 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.