Course Title: Stormwater Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Stormwater Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Offsh2 14,
Offsh2 15

Course Coordinator: Dr Nira Jayasuriya

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3795

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.11.15

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE1181 Water Engineering

Course Description

Engineers and scientists are challenged with managing increased volume and poor quality of stormwater due to rapid urbanization. This course covers the two major aspects related to stormwater management in urban areas: mitigating flood risk through reducing peak stormwater flows and designing drainage networks to remove flows; and characterizing and improving stormwater quality by estimating contaminant loads, addressing contaminant transport issues and designing stormwater improvement infrastructure such as retarding basins, online traps and water sensitive urban design features.

You will be undertaking project based assignments that integrate theoretical and practical knowledge related to management of urban stormwater quantity and quality. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for:

BH077 - Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)

BH080 - Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours)

BH088 - Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)

BH 096 - Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours)

BP192 - Bachelor of Environmental Science


1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify and examine the principles underlying the design of stormwater drainage systems.
  2. Analyze and design aspects of the major components of stormwater systems, focusing mainly on urban drainage and detention basin design  
  3. Explain the operation and estimation of the impact of water quality improvement in infrastructure.
  4. Review and apply modeling packages commonly used in practice by design engineers.
  5. Integrate knowledge of Urban Drainage Systems, Drainage Basin design and Water Quality improvements with Practice concepts
  6. Recognise from a whole-of-project management perspective the phases involved in assessing, designing, constructing and maintaining stormwater infrastructure systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves lectures and tutorials along with computer lab classes on simulation modelling. The prescribed text is intended to support the lectures and reading material. This course material and the theory learnt during lectures and tutorials will assist you master the subject matter of drainage engineering skills. Within the modules there are review exercises – working through these will enable you to judge your understanding of key conceptsReview exercises will also foster group discussion and communication skills relevant to professional engineering practices.

Online lecture and reading material uploaded onto the Blackboard LMS are designed to support your learning. However, to be effective you need to actively use these resources.

Total study hours: Total of 48 hours guided teaching by teacher in lecture and tutorial classes. 8 hours of self-directed learning per week is recommended.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed text and recommended reference books, lecture slides and notes in the Blackboard LMS.

RMIT Library Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment 1:  Design of an Urban Drainage system

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment 2:  Design and application of a Spreadsheet reservoir routing model

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Design and application of water quality improvement measures

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 3, 4

Assessment 4: Final exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1-6