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CIVL6665: Advanced Water Resources Engineering

Semester 2, 2023 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The objective of this unit of study is to introduce students and professionals to water resources engineering. The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of one or more aspects related to: hydrologic cycle from the broadest perspective, physical, chemical and biological characterization of water, how to change the water quality parameters, water quality control and management, water quality in the environment, nutrient and contaminant cycling and removal, water treatment methods for drinking, wastewater and groundwater, conservation/reuse/treatment techniques, desalination, stormwater, bioremediation and phytoremediation techniques. The topics mentioned above may be covered in both a qualitative and quantitative aspect depending on the subject of the project in this year. A basic level of integral and differential calculus is required as well as knowledge and use of calculation software such as Excel and Matlab, and micro-controlling systems and boards.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CIVL6665
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

CIVL3612 OR CIVL9612

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Federico Maggi,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task group assignment Assignment (final)
Written report, formatting, referencing, analyses, calculations.
60% Formal exam period week 1 to 13
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Assignment hurdle task group assignment Assignment (Draft)
Written report, formatting, referencing, analyses, calculations.
40% Week 08
Due date: 18 Sep 2023 at 21:00
week 1 to 7
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

The assessment of the written report will occur twice during the UoS, and will address the criteria proposed in the expanded unit outline.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Failing to submit the report - draft or final - at the due dates will result in zero marking to the group work unless a special consideration is granted.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly To be announced Project (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Continuing feedback on project progression, discussion, and introduction to topics of interest to the purpose of the project Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Weekly presentation by group/student on project progress Presentation (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11

Attendance and class requirements

Lectures and tutorials: This unit of study is project-based; both lectures and tutorials are therefore structured around the topic chosen for this unit of study. Every year, a different topic is presented to students. Lectures and tutorials will therefore be proposed in the form of open discussion of the literature survey and progress of students` work toward the aim of the proposed project. Students are invited to take active part in the debate and discussion, present their findings, and stimulate reasoning across the class. Students can opt to work individually or form groups. Hence both lectures and tutorials in this unit are an opportunity for the students to be exposed to problem solving of typical engineering occurrence and to help other students developing their skills. Material surveyed by students will be posted on the Blackboard system for access by other students/groups.

Classes and tutorials will be online


Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Peavy, Rowe & Tchobanoglous, Environmental Engineering (1st). McGraw-Hill, 1986. 0-07-049134-8.
  • McCuen, Hydrologic Analysis & Design (2nd). Prentice Hall, 1998. 0-13-134958-9.
  • Parsons & Jefferson, Potable Water Treatment Processes (1st). Blackwell, 2006. 1-4051-2796-1.
  • Chin, Water Resources Engineering (2nd). Pearson, 2006. 0-13-230519-4.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. understand outcomes of design principles (including theory, computation, contextualisation, verification, and testing)
  • LO2. understand outcomes of design practice (including drawing, conceptualisation, engineering operations, and laboratory work)
  • LO3. identify modern technologies for the proposed project, and of techniques to be used with these technologies
  • LO4. understand the calculation of rate processes and the various physical/chemical/biological mechanisms involved in the project
  • LO5. assess stability and reliability of the engineered system proposed in the project
  • LO6. describe with mathematical approaches the engineered system proposed in the project
  • LO7. determine criticalities, and approaches to correct them
  • LO8. demonstrate knowledge in writing numerical solvers and interconnecting analogic with digital interfaces, including softwares
  • LO9. appreciate the value of complexity in designing and constructing an engineering project
  • LO10. develop both individual work and team work
  • LO11. report engineering work.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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