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ENV4107 Water Resources Engineering

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Justine Baillie


Pre-requisite: (ENV3104 and ENV3105) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS


This course is designed as the upper level course for students electing to major in water engineering. Engineers involved in surface water participate in a broad range of activities. These activities include the assessment, design, operation and management of infrastructure associated with flooding and catchment runoff as well as water storages. To effectively engage in these activities, engineers need to understand Australian surface water issues and the various frameworks that influence and govern water management. The course also introduces students to a selection of industry-standard simulation models available to practicing engineers. Material presented in the earlier courses under the segregated headings of hydraulics and hydrology is integrated in ENV4107. The course assignments make use of typical water management problems to enhance learning outcomes.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. understand and discuss the major surface water issues facing Australia;
  2. identify and comprehend the range of management frameworks that apply to surface water management including those that are socio-economic, legislative, catchment-based and water cycle-based;
  3. explain how flooding, catchment runoff and water storages are managed within the Australian context;
  4. identify and select appropriate modelling tools to evaluate surface water issues;
  5. understand the basic principles of water model calibration and validation;
  6. solve, via case study assignments, a selection of water management problems by using industry-standard software packages.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Surface water issues in Australia 5.00
2. Management frameworks for surface water management 5.00
3. Water model selection and application 5.00
4. Model calibration techniques 10.00
5. Catchment and stormwater management 5.00
6. Flood and floodplain management 5.00
7. Potential impacts of climate change on water resources management 5.00
8. Application of water software packages including AWBM, HECRAS and RORB 60.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Portfolio 1 No 10 1,6
Assignments Written Report No 20 2,4,5,6
Assignments Written Portfolio 2 No 30 2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Portfolio 3 No 40 3,4,5,6
Date printed 10 February 2023