ENEC14017 - Water Resources Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be introduced to the application of the principles of hydraulics and hydrology to solve water engineering problems. You will study the probability, risk and uncertainty concepts governing hydrologic and hydrology design. You are also introduced to groundwater resources, river and reservoir routing, rapid and gradually varying flow in open channels, flood and stormwater control, design of hydraulic structures, and sedimentation and erosion hydraulics. The unit requires you to solve design problems in catchment hydrology and urban flood water management and prepare basic designs. In completing these tasks, you must use appropriate technical language in written communication and work in teams to solve problems.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: ENEC13009 Hydraulics or ENEC12010 Hydraulics & Hydrology

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 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 50%
2. Portfolio 50%

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

Past Exams

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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
Some topics of XPSWMM should be prerecorded for students to watch before the workshops. The presenter can then address individual students' concerns during the workshop sessions without much distraction to other students in class. This will also be useful for the distance students to watch uninterrupted videos.
Recommendation
Selected topics of XPSWMM will be prerecorded.
Action Taken
TUFLOW software was used this year because the vendor for XPSWMM withdrew the free licence. However, all sessions of TUFLOW software were prerecorded before the workshops.
Source: Course Evaluation
Feedback
The storm pipe network design can be simplified by asking students to do manual design using only the Rational method and solution compared with XPSWMM outputs.
Recommendation
A simple storm pipe network design example using only the Rational method will be given and solution compared with XPSWMM outputs.
Action Taken
The assessment item of the TUFLOW software focused on 2D floodplain modelling, and not on pipe network design.
Source: Course Evaluation
Feedback
The unit is well organised and delivered in a logical order. The textbook is a good resource with useful examples. Using XPSWMM with an authentic project was helpful.
Recommendation
The same resources and delivery mode will be used.
Action Taken
The same resources and delivery mode were used except replacement of XPSWMM software with TUFLOW software.
Source: Course Evaluation
Feedback
Feedback and communication from the lecturers were good.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Maintained good feedback and communication with the students.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Applications of QGIS and TUFLOW, and the excellent resources for the unit in general, were very useful.
Recommendation
The same resources and delivery mode will be used.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The practice quizzes were beneficial and a great way to learn and develop.
Recommendation
The practice quizzes will be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The group assessment task needs to be modified to increase individual contribution, particularly the climate change scenario.
Recommendation
The group assessment task will be modified to increase individual contribution, particularly the climate change scenario.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply skills in hydraulics and hydrology to water engineering design
  2. Conduct a hydrology assessment of a catchment
  3. Design urban stormwater management systems
  4. Prepare team reports for water engineering projects

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard.

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