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Unit description

Develops a student's understanding of the water cycle and shows how to perform quantitative hydrologic analyses. Provides students with the knowledge to determine total and peak runoff from catchments for a variety of design calculations.

Unit content

The Australian hydrologic cycle

Measurement of hydrologic parameters

Statistical analysis of hydrologic data

Rainfall-runoff modelling

Hydrologic analysis in modern engineering practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1understand and describe the global distribution of water on the earth's surface and how it moves through the hydrologic cycleKnowledge of a discipline
2understand and apply probabilistic methods for quantitative analysis of rainfall variability and flood frequency analysisKnowledge of a discipline
3understand, analyse and interpret stream hydrographs and hydrograph components, and implement techniques for calculating runoff from a catchmentKnowledge of a discipline
4undertake a detailed literature review to locate, identify and critically assess knowledge development in the discipline of hydrologyIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skills
5produce a written technical report based on proficient application of techniques for quantitative hydrologic analysis.Knowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand and describe the global distribution of water on the earth's surface and how it moves through the hydrologic cycle
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. understand and apply probabilistic methods for quantitative analysis of rainfall variability and flood frequency analysis
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. understand, analyse and interpret stream hydrographs and hydrograph components, and implement techniques for calculating runoff from a catchment
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. undertake a detailed literature review to locate, identify and critically assess knowledge development in the discipline of hydrology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. produce a written technical report based on proficient application of techniques for quantitative hydrologic analysis.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (9 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (1 week)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Literature review20%
Calculations20%
Report50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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