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Unit of study_

CIVL3614: Hydrology

The overall objective of this unit of study is to give a general introduction to water resources, how these are linked the hydrological processes, and how engineering plays a role in the management of water resources. The aim of this unit is to provide a detailed understanding of: the hydrologic cycle of water as a whole and its specific components including: geophysical flows of water throughout the environment, dynamics of precipitation formations, transformations into runoff, reservoir and lake dynamics, stream flow discharge, surface runoff assessment, calculation of peak flows, the hydrograph theory, ground water flows, aquifers dynamics, concept of water quality and water treatment methods and units. The topics mentioned above will be covered in both qualitative and quantitative aspects. Use will be made of essential concepts of energy, mass and momentum conservation. An intermediate level of integral and differential calculus is required as well as knowledge and use of calculation software such as Excel and Matlab.

Code CIVL3614
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
(ENGG1802 OR CIVL1802) AND CIVL3612 AND MATH2061

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply computational, analytical, and interpretative tools to typical hydrological cases
  • LO2. apply conservation and management principles to water resources and uses
  • LO3. understand and apply management principles to water supply, reuse, and disposal
  • LO4. understand multiple processes responsible for water movement throughout the environment
  • LO5. calculate the characteristic rate of various hydrological processes
  • LO6. understand modelling procedures for hydrological processes
  • LO7. analyse and interpret in a qualitative and quantitative manner, hydrological aspects in environmental engineering
  • LO8. understand the governing equations of hydrological processes
  • LO9. understand the role of boundaries and initial conditions in solving equations of flow

Unit outlines

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