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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Develops a student's understanding of the water cycle and shows how to perform quantitative hydrologic analyses. Provides students with the knowledge to determine total and peak runoff from catchments for a variety of design calculations.

Unit content

The Australian hydrologic cycle

Measurement of hydrologic parameters

Statistical analysis of hydrologic data

Rainfall-runoff modelling

Hydrologic analysis in modern engineering practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Understand and describe the global distribution of water on the earth's surface and how it moves through the hydrologic cycle. Knowledge of a discipline
2 Understand, analyse and interpret stream hydrographs and hydrograph components, and implement techniques for calculating runoff from a catchment. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 Perform flood frequency analysis and elementary runoff modelling. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 Produce a written technical report related to hydrologic analysis. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
5 Work collaboratively within a team to successfully complete a project related to hydrologic analysis. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and describe the global distribution of water on the earth's surface and how it moves through the hydrologic cycle.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Understand, analyse and interpret stream hydrographs and hydrograph components, and implement techniques for calculating runoff from a catchment.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Perform flood frequency analysis and elementary runoff modelling.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Produce a written technical report related to hydrologic analysis.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. Work collaboratively within a team to successfully complete a project related to hydrologic analysis.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.