CIV5883 - Surface water hydrology - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Christoph Rudiger (Sem 1, Clayton)
Dr Adrien Guyot (Sem 2, Clayton)
Dr Sina Alaghmand (Suzhou)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Term 3 2018 (On-campus)


This unit focuses on the physical processes of land surface hydrology, covering evapotranspiration, precipitation, interception, infiltration and surface flows. The unit also covers the combination of these processes in surface hydrology models, including calibration and applications.


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

  • compile time series data on precipitation and evapotranspiration.
  • model water flow processes in the unsaturated zone.
  • understand the process that control runoff and stream flow.
  • develop a conceptual hydrological model.
  • apply hydrological models to real-world problems.
  • work both independently and collaboratively on complex surface water problems.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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

4 hours lectures/practice and 8 hours of private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Civil Engineering