CIV3285 - Engineering hydrology - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Christoph Rudiger (Clayton)
Dr Amin Talei (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)




The unit introduces students to the basic concepts of hydrology and their application in the engineering practice. The key features of the main components of the hydrologic cycle (i.e., rainfall, streamflow, and evapotranspiration) are presented along with methods to measure and model them in natural and urban environments. Particular emphasis is on flooding and designed floods. The unit also provides an overview of the various water systems in an urban environment, their functions and modes of operation, and the influence of climate variability on urban requirements in terms of management and discharge of stormwater. A final aspect is the activation and transport of contaminants within the urban water cycle.


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

  1. Undertake hydrological investigations of natural and urban catchments.
  2. Estimate floods for engineering design and planning.
  3. Conceptually design and estimate flows of a minor drainage network.
  4. Design gutters, swales, and pits.
  5. Produce technical reports developed by teams at the standard required by the engineering profession.


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

2 hours lectures, 2 hours of tutorial classes and 8 hours of private study per week (group projects and private learning).

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