ENGT352 Principles of Hydrology

Updated: 14 December 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 48cp including 6cp from PHYS131 or PHYS132 or MATH110 or MATH120 or MATH101 or MATH102 or MTHS100 or MTHS110 or MTHS120 or candidature in (BAgrifoodSys or BAgProdMgt) and 24 cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ENVE352
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Janelle Wilkes (jwilkes2@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit is an introduction to hydrological science which emphasises issues such as climate, surface water and groundwater. Topics covered include: global atmospheric circulation; nature and impact of El Nino; causes and nature of climate change; precipitation; Manning's equation for open channel flow; hydrological cycle; runoff and stream flow; aquifers; extremes of floods and droughts; probability distribution; reservoir operation; and evapotranspiration.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Hydrology: An Australian Introduction

ISBN: 9780195553581
Ladson, A., Oxford 2008

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assignment 1 5%
Assessment Notes

Online Calculations

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Compulsory Assignment 2 10%
Assessment Notes

Online Calculations

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 4

Compulsory Assignment 3 35% 3000
Assessment Notes

Calculations and written

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate the components of the hydrological cycle and their interactions thereby applying a broad and coherent understanding of the subject;
  2. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the components of Australia's current climate and how climate change is predicted to influence the hydrological cycle and formulate remedial action; communicate these to others in a written format;
  3. recommend how to set up a raingauge network, analyse historical rainfall data to determine if correct, and mathematically rectify poor or missing data; this will demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and use well-development judgement;
  4. calculate runoff, streamflow, aquifer yield and evapotranspiration using various methods including models, and evaluate which is the most appropriate technique under a given circumstance; this will demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate information in order to complete a range of activities;
  5. demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills by deducing the storage and yield from reservoirs, and calculate extreme events in streamflow using statistical probability; and
  6. demonstrate a range of manipulative, observational, interpretive, written and graphical communication skills in order to transmit this information to others.