Course Title: Apply knowledge of water engineering resources

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: CIVE5693

Course Title: Apply knowledge of water engineering resources

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

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
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
4.2 Current guidelines and regulations that govern the value of
these parameters (i.e. standards of quality) are understood and
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
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
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
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

 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 as well as oral presentation of research outcome.
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

1,2,3Sources of Water and Storage
3,4Demand for Water, Conservation measures and Recycling Strategies
5,6Water Authorities and Agencies
6,7Water Quality Parameters and Testing Procedures
8,9Water Treatment Processes
10,11,12Design of Storage Reservoir and associated Components
13,14Reticulation System Layout
16,17Reticulation System Analysis/Rural Water Supply Procedures and Irrigation Practice

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Online course notes, and handouts distributed during class.

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 of this unit will be based on:

Assignment 1: This assignment will cover Element 1, 2 and 3. It represents 35% of the total assessment. 
1 Exam covering Elements 4, 5, 6, 7.  It represents 50% of the total assessment.
Assignment 2: This is a group assignment covering Element 8 and 9. It represents 15% of the total assessment.

Students will need to demonstrate competency in each element in order to pass this subject.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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