Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Professor Jeffrey Walker



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit considers the quality and quantity aspects of water resources management. Tools and techniques appropriate for design and analysis of water resource systems are introduced, starting from a development of quantitative hydrologic modelling and extending to quantitative prediction of water quality transformations. The fundamental principles of water quantity and quality modelling are also applied within a framework that allows the assessment of water quality in various watercourses.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the major elements of the catchment water balance/cycle and explain their relationships with land-use and climate
  2. evaluate the demand for water, amount of water available and reliability of supply
  3. describe water quantity and quality management options
  4. apply the fundamental principles of water quantity and quality modelling to assess water quality
  5. assess the potential impacts of climate change on water resources management


Assignments: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%
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.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 2 hours practicals and 8 hours of private study per week.

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