Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course introduces students to hydrology and the hydraulics of open channels. Topics include analysis 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. Characterization of steady flow, controls and channel design. Unsteady flow in channels. Content of this course is similar to CIVL4330.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss key concepts in hydrology and open channel hydraulics

2. Implement solution techniques for common problems in hydrology and open channel hydraulics

3. Conduct an investigation of a hydrological problem requiring review of the literature


  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. Characterization 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 CIVL2050 Engineering Computations and Probability; CIVL2310 Fluids Mechanics or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written assessments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab reports *

Formal Examination: Examination Formal

Written Assignment: Research Project

Quiz: Quiz

* 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:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: 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