Hydrology and Water Resources

    Unit code: NEC3103 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    NEC2203 - Hydraulics
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit is designed to enable students to acquire an understanding of the theoretical principles in engineering hydrology and water resources engineering. This unit will enable students to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in problem solving and develop critical thinking skills. This unit also provide students an opportunity to enhance their oral and written communication skills as well as other Engineers Australia professional capabilities.

    Topics include; Hydrologic cycle, rainfall and runoff routing, Urban Drainage design, Floodplain management, Water resources development, Computer software including RORB and SOURCE.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Analyse and synthesise a range of numerical problems in urban hydrology, rainfall/runoff routing, flood frequency, urban drainage, flood plain, and water resources management;
    2. Conceptually map and design urban drainage networks and recommend and justify computations;
    3. Recommend a design flow volume required in an urban subdivision design using computer software RORB
    4. Simulate water supply systems using computer software SOURCE;
    5. Initiate, coordinate and manage team projects in water resources management and to recommend and present the optimum solutions professionally.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 10%
    SOURCE portfolio (Computer Simulation)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 60%
    Tests (3)
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 25%
    Team project presentation
    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 5%
    Rorb exercise (simulation exercise)

    Required reading

    Class notes can be accessed from VU Collaborate.

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