Course Title: Perform engineering hydrology activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: CIVE5604

Course Title: Perform engineering hydrology activities

School: 130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6066 - Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering (Structural Design)

Course Contact : Tony Skinner Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4444

Course Contact Email:tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:
Mr Tony Skinner
Tel. 9925 4444
Fax. 99254377
Email: tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDX130 – Use mathematics at technician level

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to demonstrate understanding of basic practices, concepts and terminology in engineering hydrology and use relevant data and tools to design simple hydraulic structures


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EAC110 Perform engineering hydrology activities

Element:

Analyse a mass curve and predict reservoir storage.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 A mass curve is analysed and reservoir storage predicted.

Element:

Apply the flood flow equation.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The factors affecting flood magnitude can be described.
2.2 Methods (and restrictions) of flood estimation can be described.
2.3 The Rational Formula and Time Contour methods are demonstrated.
2.4 The application of hydrographs for flood estimation is demonstrated.
2.5 The flood routing method is applied for design flood estimation.
2.6 Flood frequency analysis can be described.
2.7 The process of design flood selection on an economic basis can be described.

Element:

Demonstrate understanding of the hydrological cycle and the elements of meteorology

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The water cycle can be described in a water engineering context.
3.2 The sources of rainfall data and flood records can be stated.
3.3 The element of meteorology can be defined in the context of the water cycle.
3.4 The types of erosion control structures can be described.

Element:

Derive a rainfall intensity/frequency curve.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The types of rainfall can be described in meteorological terms
4.2 The types of rain gauges and factors affecting their positioning can be
described
4.3 The use of networks data adjustment and the use of the mass curve to
obtain storm intensity can be described.
4.4 Storm intensity can be obtained from an analysis of relevant data.
4.5 A rainfall intensity/frequency curve can be derived from given data.

Element:

Design a main channel for an irrigation scheme including flow regulation.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 A main channel for an irrigation scheme including flow regulation is designed appropriately.

Element:

Design a storm retarding basin for an urban drainage system

Performance Criteria:

6.1 A storm retarding basin for an urban drainage system is designed appropriately.

Element:

Use a unit-graph to obtain a flood hydrograph

Performance Criteria:

7.1 “Runoff” can be defined and factors affecting amount of runoff described.
7.2 The component of stream flow can be described.
7.3 The features of a hydrograph can be described and a unit hydrograph
derived.
7.4 A unit-graph is used to obtain a flood hydrograph
7.5 A rating curve for a stream is derived and the measurement of “water
stage” described.


Learning Outcomes


Analyse a mass curve and predict reservoir storage.

Apply the flood flow equation.
Demonstrate understanding of the hydrological cycle and the elements of meteorology
Derive a rainfall intensity/frequency curve.

Design a main channel for an irrigation scheme including flow regulation.

Design a storm retarding basin for an urban drainage system

Use a unit-graph to obtain a flood hydrograph


Details of Learning Activities

Teacher Led
The hydrological cycle along with elements of meteorology are
illustrated and explained.
The procedures for deriving a rainfall intensity/frequency curve are demonstrated using a step by step process and data from Vic Roads or Melbourne Water
The procedures for obtaining a flood hydrograph using a unit graph are demonstrated
The flood flow equation is explained and its use in designing a storm retarding basin demonstrated
Locations of local retarding basins are shown together with their areas of influence
Review prior studies in channel flow design and apply to irrigation using data from rural water authority websites

Student Based Problem Solving
Reproduce charts illustrating the hydrological cycle
Carry out exercises in deriving a rainfall intensity/frequency curve using data from Vic Roads
Carry out exercises in obtaining a flood hydrograph from a unit graph
Design a storm water retarding basin for an urban drainage system using the
flood flow equation for a typical Melbourne subdivision.
Research RWA web sites for design data.


Teaching Schedule

See Online Learning Hub for details.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None


References

These will be given in class.


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This unit will be assessed in the classroom environment using holistic assessment based on typical workplace activities

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of
• Five minor assignments covering elements 1,2, 3, 4 and 7
• Two major assignments covering Elements 5, 6


Assessment Tasks

Assignments, questionnaires, examination.


Assessment Matrix

Element CoveredAssessment Task Proportion of Final Assessment Submission Date
1-4+7Minor assignments + Questionnaires 20%  1 June, 07

5
6

Major Assignment
Major Assignment
20%
20%
15 June,07
15 June,07
1-7 Examination40% 19 June,07

Other Information

Note: A pass in examination is required to successfully pass this course.

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