CIV4268 - Water resources management - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Anna Lintern (Clayton)
Dr Izni Zahidi (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




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. Describe the major elements of the catchment water balance/cycle and the relationship with land-use and climate
  2. Appraise water quantity and quality by applying statistical methods and fundamental principles of water quantity and quality modelling
  3. Assess the demand for water, water availability and reliability of supply
  4. Design water quantity and quality management options according to environmental and society requirements
  5. Reflect the potential impacts of climate change on water resources management
  6. Generate technical reports at the standard required by the engineering profession


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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 practicals and 8 hours of private study per week.

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