Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)A Haque, A Ladson


The unit will introduce the factors causing or aggravating flooding in the Australian context, the benefits and impacts of flooding and the risk management framework applied to reduce flooding and its impacts on the community. It will then cover the hydrologic background for estimating floods including flood frequency analysis and rainfall-based flood estimation methods. Students will use industry-standard computer software based on the hydrological and hydraulic computation methods. A number of measures to reduce flooding and its impacts, including flood mapping, planning controls, design of structural flood mitigation measures and emergency management measures are introduced.


The objectives of the unit are to:

  • introduce students to risk management in water engineering through the specific field of flood management
  • develop students' understanding of the factors causing and aggravating flooding and appreciation of the purposes, principles and methods of flood management
  • develop students' understanding of the hydrologic processes involved in flood generation and the hydrologic basis of the most important methods of flood estimation
  • develop students' understanding of the hydraulic principles and methods involved in estimating floow levels, and
  • provide students with hands-on experience in the application of a number of industry-standard computer models for flood prediction and management.


Assignments: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeffrey Walker

Contact hours

150 hours study

Off-campus attendance requirements

150 hours study