Course Title: Apply knowledge of water engineering resources

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: CIVE5693

Course Title: Apply knowledge of water engineering resources

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. B. Richards
Ph:: +61 3 9925 4172

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EAX101B-Perform calculations related to simple fluid systems
EAX061B-Perform calculations related to more complex fluid systems

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply knowledge of urban and rural water engineering resources including how they are utilised.  This covers administration, storage, treatment and reticulation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EAC150B Apply knowledge of water engineering resources


1. Identify sources of water and storage.

Performance Criteria:

 1.1 All the components of the Hydrological Cycle are described.
 1.2 Sources of freshwater within this cycle are identified.
 1.3 Yield, quality and cost of freshwater sources are summarised.
 1.4 The function of different types of storages and reservoirs within a supply system are compared.


2. Analyse a region's demand for water together with conservation measures and recycling strategies.

Performance Criteria:

 2.1 A region’s demand for water is identified in relation to industrial, commercial, residential and institutional development.
 2.2 The effect that demographic factors, social development, urban development issues, technical trends and water consumption trends could have upon a region’s demand for water supply is considered.
 2.3 The amount of water used in a home is estimated.
 2.4 Conservation measures that are being adopted to bring about a decrease in demand are identified.
 2.5 The benefits of water recycling and the concerns, constraints and legalities associated with its use are  considered.
 2.6 Reference is made to current strategies by Water Authorities.


3. Identify the role of Water Authorities and agencies.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 State Government departments responsible for co-ordinating the water industry in the home state are identified.
 3.2 The activities of urban and rural authorities/businesses in the collection, storage and distribution of water are defined in terms of their geographical area of jurisdiction, source of supply and quantity delivered.
 3.4 The roles, responsibilities and organisational structure of a Water Authority in a chosen area are considered in detail.


4. Consider water quality parameters and relevant guidelines and testing procedures.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Parameters that measure the quality of water are understood and can be categorised as Physical, Microbiological or Chemical.
 4.2 Current guidelines and regulations that govern the value of these parameters (i.e. standards of quality) are understood and considered.
 4.3 Monitoring and sampling procedures and tests, carried out by Water Authorities to establish compliance with these guidelines and regulations, are understood and considered.


5. Design elements of water treatment processes.

Performance Criteria:

 5.1 The need for either partial or full treatment is recognised and the major factors that dictate choice are  considered.
 5.2 The elements of a treatment plant are identified and described and their relationship can be sketched in a plan.
 5.3 One or more elements are designed using an accepted mathematical procedure


6. Design a storage reservoir, and associated components.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 A reservoir type, elevation and capacity is selected in accordance with given criteria.
 6.2 The role of a pump, rising main and outlet main are understood and considered.
 6.3 A pump, rising main and outlet main are designed.


7. Consider the requirements, function and layout of a reticulation system.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 A schematic diagram of a reticulation system, showing the general layout and relationship between the  elements, is developed.
 7.2 Differences between a branch-type system and a grid system are identified.
 7.3 The function and location of ancillary works is described.
 7.4 The requirements of the Water Reticulation Code of Australia are summarised.


8. Analyse a reticulation system.

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Data is input to a pipe network analysis program and the results analysed.
 8.2 The acceptability of results is assessed and system parameters modified where necessary


9. Outline the elements of rural water supply procedures including irrigation practice.

Performance Criteria:

9.1 The water allocation process is understood together with the difference between Bulk Entitlements, Private   Rights and Licensing as forms of entitlement.
 9.2 Irrigation Districts and the Stock/Domestic system are described.
 9.3 The objectives of irrigation are identified.
 9.4 The different types of flood and sprinkler irrigation are summarised.
 9.5 Selection criteria for irrigation systems are outlined in terms of crops, soil type, topography and cost.
 9.6 The causes of salinity problems are summarised and potential solutions identified.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this course/program
• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Invited presentations
• Site visits

The learning activities include:
1. Teacher–led face to face lessons.
2. Student-based problem-solving:
You will participate in individual and team problem solving activities completed to industry standard related to typical engineering workplace problems.
3. Group-based research:
You will participate in small group research projects, oral presentation of research outcome, peer assessed oral presentations.
4. Self-guided learning:
You will be required to read and demonstrate understanding of assigned topics. A minimum of 20% of the scheduled teaching hours will be allocated to self guided learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

Week     Topic delivered                                                                                       Element / Performance Criteria                                                                
 1-3 Sources of water and Storage
 Progressive assessment of Portfolio begins         
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
 3-4 Demand for water 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
 5-6 Water Authorities and Agencies  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
 6-7 Water quality & Testing 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
 8-9 Water Treatment 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
10-12 Reservoir design                 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
13-14Reticulation layout, Reticulation system analysis7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 8.1, 8.2
15-16Rural Water Supply
Assessment 2
9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6
17-18Exam4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Notes are posted on the blackboard.  Handouts are distributed during class on a need basis.  Handouts distributed during class are not posted on the blackboard. The learning guide is to be used strictly as a guide only.

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Portfolio

Weighting towards final grade (%): 35%

Assessment 2: Assignment
Weighting towards final grade (%): 15%

Assessment 3: Exam
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50%

In order to achieve competency in this course, students will need to demonstrate competency in each element (i.e. students will need to demonstrate at least basic understanding of fundamental concepts and the ability to solve the relevant problems). Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities, and demonstration of skills through specific class activities. During assessments only the material authorized by the lecturer is allowed (e.g., no student written notes-cheat sheets are permitted).  Further, solely the use of scientific calculators is permitted. The assessment of the Portfolio is progressive, and begins in week 2.

Assessment Matrix

   EAC150B Element & Performance Criteria


Assessment 4.35.1 5.2  5.36.1 6.2 6.3 7.1  7.27.3 7.4  8.1
Portfolio x x x x x x x x x x x x x                     
Exam               x x x x x x x x x x x x x        
Assignment                            x x x x x x x x

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 20 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

Please refer to to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to to find more information about special consideration.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.

Please refer to to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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