Course Title: Design underground piping drainage systems and minor culverts

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6093 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Title: Design underground piping drainage systems and minor culverts

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term2 2010,
Term2 2013,
Term2 2014,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to design an underground piped drainage system for a small urban development using a simplified procedure outlined in the IEAust publication “Australian Rainfall and Runoff” and to design a minor culvert for a rural road based on procedures outlined in Vic Roads “Road Design Manual”.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

EAC110B Apply engineering hydrology principles
EAX1001B Perform calculations related to simple fluid systems
EDX130B Use technical mathematics (basic)
EDX140B Use technical mathematics (advanced)
EDX100BAnalyse force systems (basic)
EDX090B Analyse force systems (advanced)

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

EAC100B Design underground piping drainage systems and minor culverts


01. Interpret the job brief and gather necessary information.

02. Classify major and minor flood events and select the Average Recurrence Interval appropriate to the project.

03. Apply the Rational Method to the calculation of peak discharge.

04. Calculate the design discharge.

05. Determine a culvert size.

06. Prepare the layout for a piped drainage system for a small urban development.

07. Determine the time of concentration and peak discharge.

08. Calculate the pit water levels and the hydraulic grade line throughout a drainage system.

09. Calculate pipe invert levels and grades.

10. Check system for overflow and modify where necessary.

Learning Outcomes


Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction