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 modelling of hydraulic systems, and pump selection to suit given applications. The unit requires you to solve problems, prepare basic designs, and describe the construction and maintenance of pipe and open channel systems. You are introduced to monitoring and analysis of the basic components of the hydrologic cycle including rainfall, evapotranspiration, infiltration, runoff, and groundwater. In completing these tasks, you must use appropriate technical language in written communication and work individually and in teams to solve problems. Students enrolled in distance mode are required to attend a compulsory Residential School.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: (MATH11218 Applied Mathematics or MATH11160 Technology Mathematics) AND (ENEG11006 Engineering Statics or PHYS11184 Engineering Physics A or ENAG11005 Mechanics)

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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 Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Written Assessment 15%
4. Practical Assessment 10%
5. Examination 40%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 65.85% 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: Course Evaluation
Feedback
Positive feedback on quick response to students' emails, almost immediately, by the lecturer
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
This practice was continued.
Source: Course Evaluation
Feedback
All of the unit material loaded in Moodle before term, excellent Moodle site to navigate and excellent Resources including textbook and recorded lectures.
Recommendation
Practices will be continued and same teaching resources will be used.
Action Taken
This practice was continued, and the same teaching resources were used.
Source: Course Evaluation
Feedback
One hour lecture section is not enough, and the two-hour tutorial sessions should be recorded.
Recommendation
There are two-hour weekly tutorial sections that offer the students the opportunity to interact with the lecturer and ask questions. Only a few students participated in the tutorials, therefore, more students' participation is encouraged. The tutorial sessions will be recorded so that students can watch them later.
Action Taken
The contact times of one hour lecture and two hours tutorials were maintained. All lectures and tutorials were recorded. The tutorials attendances were poor though.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
The pro-activeness from the lecturer and the quick response time in e-mail and assignment results were very helpful.
Recommendation
This practice will continue.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
Moodle site was set out very well, information easily found.
Recommendation
This practice will continue.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
Tutorials immediately following the lecture was very helpful to understanding the unit.
Recommendation
This practice will continue.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
Lecture slides had good content and the textbook resource was an exceptional tool in supporting the learning.
Recommendation
The same resources will be used.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
The topics of Week 9 and 10 that included hydrographs/rainfall etc. should be better explained.
Recommendation
Additional slides will be provided on these topics to improve students' understanding.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
Tutorials should be presented line by line rather than providing solutions in pdf files. Also, more examples are required.
Recommendation
Tutorials will be presented using power point slides, similar to the lectures. Mores examples will be provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
Lecturer to provide solutions to all online practice quizzes. Only a small fraction of the online quizzes do not have solutions in the textbook, lectures or tutorials materials.
Recommendation
Solutions will be provided for all online practice quizzes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
The regional students' outside Rockhampton rated the course evaluation very low because they wanted to have on-campus tutors.
Recommendation
A tutor is provided where the student number for a campus is 10 or greater. Should the student number reach this threshold, a tutor will be provided. Where there is no tutor because of low student numbers, the lecturer will visit the regional campus during the term to have face-to-face contact with the students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
Assessments requirements were not clear.
Recommendation
Discipline Leader will review assessment prior to publishing.
Action Taken
Nil.
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. Determine runoff from rainfall and groundwater discharge from aquifers under specified conditions
  5. Prepare team technical reports based on thorough analysis of laboratory data and use of Civil Engineering language

All the learning outcomes are linked and comply with the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical Assessment
5 - Examination
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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical Assessment
5 - Examination