Unit description

Principles developed in the earlier units of Hydrology and Fluid Mechanics are applied to problems related to movement of water in natural and engineered systems including rivers and floodplains, pipes and drains, and coastal systems. Students will gain knowledge needed to understand the hydraulic behaviour of each system in detail, apply relevant contemporary engineering tools and techniques, and understand the environmental, legal, planning and social context for the system. These aspects of hydraulic engineering will be integrated through case studies of local hydraulic engineering problems.

Unit content

Topic 1: River and floodplain engineering
Topic 2: Pipes and drains
Topic 3: Coastal engineering

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Chadwick, A, Morfett, J & Borthwick, M, 2013, Hydraulics in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 5th edn, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA. ISBN: 978-0-4156-7245-0 (Paperback); 978-1-4665-7724-4 (E-Book).
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%

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Fee information


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