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CIVL9614: Hydrology (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL9614: Hydrology (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Maggi, Federico
Session options: Semester 2
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CIVL9611.
Brief Handbook Description: 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 Excell and Matlab.
Assumed Knowledge: (CIVL9802 OR ENGG9802) AND CIVL9612 AND MATH2061.
Additional Notes: The unit of study builds on the theory and concepts learnt in CIVL9611 Introductory Fluid Mechanics and CIVL9612 Fluid Mechanics.
Lecturer/s: Faheem, Ahmed
Tutor/s: Dr. Maggi, Federico
Timetable: CIVL9614 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 4.00 13
4 Site Visit
5 Laboratory
T&L Activities: Lecture notes

The material presented during class is collected in Lecture Notes and PowerPoint slides. Notes and slides will be posted in the Blackboard system under this unit after each lecture and tutorial. Students are however encouraged to take notes.


Tutorials in this unit are an opportunity for the students to be exposed to problem solving of typical engineering occurrence. Tutorials will be presented in the form of exercises, bibliographic research and survey, and writing short reports. Each tutorial theme will be posted on Blackboard before the tutorial. For tutorials that mainly base on exercises, solution to the problems will be provided as well. The students may continue their tutorials outside the class. For tutorials for which a survey/analysis/interpretation work is required, students may be invited to propose their outcomes to the class for open discussion the next tutorial hours.

Teaching Support Materials

It is the student’s responsibility to download the teaching material from the Blackboard system, or be present in class. Presence is not registered.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Understand multiple processes responsible for water movement throughout the environment
2. Ability to calculate the characteristic rate of various hydrological processes
3. Ability to understand modelling procedures for hydrological processes.
4. Ability to predict rates of contaminant dispersion in rivers, estuaries and the ocean.
5. Analyse and interpret in a qualitative and quantitative manner hydrological aspects in environmental engineering
6. Understanding of the governing equations of hydrological processes
7. Understanding the role of boundaries and initial conditions in solving equations of flow
8. Ability to describe water characteristics and properties of water quality.
9. Develop and apply computational, analytical and interpretative tools to typical hydrological cases
10. Ability to apply conservation and management principles to water resources and uses.
11. Ability to understand and apply management principles to water supply, reuse and disposal.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 20.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,
2 Quiz 2 No 20.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,
3 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,
4 Tutorial No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,
Assessment Description: This is a 6 CP unit. Multiple individual assessment sessions will be carried out. The following schedule is tentative and subject to possible change. Two 2-hour quizzes are planned during the tutorial hours of week 6 and week 11. Each is given a weight of 20%. An additional assessment worth 10% includes a practical/calculation exercise; this is tentatively planned during one tutorial session but it may alternatively be included in Quiz 2 depending on the progress with lectures and tutorials. A final exam of 3 hours is planned in the exam period. The final exam is given a weight of 50%. The criterion for passing the unit of study equals 50% of the combined assessment marks.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Quality
  • Water Resources Engineering
Online Course Content: Access to Blackboard can be found at:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Global water resources
Week 2 Elements of statistics for hydrology
Week 3 Elements of meteorology
Week 4 Precipitation
Week 5 Evaporation
Week 6 Transpiration
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Infiltration
Week 8 Surface hydrology
Week 9 Groundwater characteristics (soil hydraulic properties)
Week 10 Groundwater hydrology (Darcy’s Law and the Richards equation)
Week 11 Groundwater dynamics (unconfined and confined aquifer dynamics)
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 12 Reservoir dynamics (physics and design)
Week 13 Principles of water characterization (chemical and biological)

Principles of water conservation (treatment and recycling)
STUVAC (Week 14) Week 14 is not available for classes – University policy
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.