ENEC12010 - Hydraulics and Hydrology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be introduced to the basic principles of hydraulics and hydrology used in civil and environmental engineering. You will apply the concepts of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy. You are also introduced to flow measurements, physical modeling of hydraulic systems, and pump selection to suit given applications. You will solve problems, prepare basic designs, and describe the construction and maintenance of pipes and open channel systems. You will learn about monitoring and analysis of the basic components of the hydrologic cycle. You will also use HEC-RAS or equivalent software to create a digital twin of a hydraulic system, and validate your model's output by participating in a remote design studio. In completing these tasks, you must use appropriate technical language in written communication and work individually and in teams to solve problems.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisite: MATH11218 Applied Mathematics or MATH11160 Technology Mathematics
Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENEG11006 Engineering Statics

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2024

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 30%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 88.89% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 23.68% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle
The value of the formal exam will be reviewed and its suitable alternative will be explored.
Action Taken
The formal exam is removed from the unit.
Source: Self
Laboratory experiments
A digital twin of the laboratory experiments was incorporated into the practical experiments in the last term. The exercise will be integrated more with the other learning contents.
Action Taken
A new project involving lab experiments was included to expand the digital twin approach in the unit.
Source: SUTE
Some students found that the course workload was high.
The unit content should be reviewed to enhance the learning experience of students while ensuring the necessary content is covered.
Action Taken
In Progress
Source: SUTE
Some students expected a clear outline of the assessment tasks.
It should be communicated to the students that the assessments are ill-defined by design. The goal is not to confuse the students but to allow them to work on the ambiguous nature of tasks that they may encounter in the workplace.
Action Taken
In Progress
Source: SUTE
Students wanted more useful feedback.
Assignments should be returned with more comprehensive feedback. A dedicated feedback session should help students understand the feedback in detail.
Action Taken
In Progress
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply standard techniques, computational tools, and data used by engineers in conducting hydraulics analysis
  2. Solve problems involving combinations of basic hydraulic systems including pipes, pumps, and open channels
  3. Explain the key components of the hydrologic cycle and how they are monitored and analysed
  4. Estimate runoff from rainfall and create design hydrographs
  5. Work autonomously and in teams to develop numerical models, validate them with lab experimental data and apply the models to solve engineering problems.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N)
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N)
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities, and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 3N)
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 5N)
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3I 4N)
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 3I)
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4N)
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools, and resources. (LO: 1I)
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1I)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5I)
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 5I)

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate, and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course-level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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