Course Title: Catchment Water Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Catchment Water Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020




120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Offsh3 12,
Offsh3 14

Course Coordinator: Dr Muhammed Bhuiyan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9014

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.09

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Water engineering (assumed knowledge).

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive examination of how climatic and hydrologic data are collected in the field and checked for accuracy and consistency. The focus is predominantly surface-water hydrology in rural design applications. Coverage includes the specification of design rainfall, runoff and routing models, estimations of irrigation water requirement and its quality specification. Uncertainty and natural variability of hydrologic processes require that most water projects be designed with some degree of risk, using frequency-based design or critical event design. Estimating catchment water yield and flood magnitudes to design reservoirs and hydraulic structures for water conveyance and flood mitigation are considered as well as the impact of climate change on sustainability of water supply.

You will undertake project based assignment tasks that will integrate theoretical and practical knowledge related to flood magnitudes and water yield for designing hydraulic structures and reservoirs and calculating the impact of climate change on catchments.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Hons) and BH080 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours):

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.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Illustrate how hydrological data is collected and checked for accuracy and consistency, estimate the average rainfall over an area and calculate design storm patterns.
  2. Use routing procedures to route a flood hydrograph through a river reach and reservoir.
  3. Find the peak flow rate in rural catchments using the Rational Method and use RORB rainfall-runoff model to determine flood hydrographs.
  4. Estimate rainfall abstractions using different methods and calculate evaporation from open water and evapotranspiration from a catchment.
  5. Describe how the hydrologic cycle is linked to a process model (e.g. AWBM, SymHyd) and list the processes that are simulated in process models.
  6. Understanding of irrigation requirement and its water quality; discuss climate change and its impact in catchment. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves lectures and tutorials along with computer lab classes on modelling. The concepts underlying each topic are made clear through problem solving in tutorial classes and submission of feedback questions. Computer lab sessions and assignments foster group discussion and communication skills relevant to professional engineering practices. Assessments are completed in groups (feedback questions and modelling assignments). 

Total study hours: Total of 48 hours guided teaching by teacher in lecture and tutorial classes. 4 hours of self-directed learning per week is recommended.

Overview of Learning Resources

A recommended text and reference books will be provided in a Reading List. Lecture slides will be available on Blackboard LMS and lab manuals will also be used.

RMIT Library Subject Guide:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks 

Assessment 1:  Weekly solutions to  feedback questions

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 2:  Computer lab modelling work - RORB

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3

Assessment Task 3: Computer lab modelling work - SimHyd

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment 4: Final exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1-6