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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Integrates technical knowledge with other contextual factors to develop solutions to complex catchment and floodplain engineering and management problems using a multidisciplinary systems approach. Extends and applies technical knowledge of hydrodynamics and geomorphology to understand and analyse the dynamic interactions between human activities, catchments and the fluvial landscape. Students develop advanced modelling and analysis skills needed to predict the behaviour of complex catchment and floodplain systems and design appropriate engineering infrastructure and management strategies.

Unit content

A systems approach to catchment and floodplain engineering

Impacts of vegetation on catchment and floodplain hydraulics and geomorphology

Human impacts on catchments and floodplains

Urban stormwater management

Hydraulic modelling of streamflow and floods

Engineering design for catchment and floodplain management

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 use a systems approach to identify the environmental, social, legal and planning context associated with complex catchment and floodplain systems
2 quantify impacts of urban development on stormwater quantity and quality as part of a team using industry-standard modelling software
3 construct one- and two-dimensional numerical hydraulic models of water movement in rivers and across floodplains using industry-standard software and evaluate and interpret the results
4 derive and communicate appropriate solutions to catchment and floodplain engineering problems by using a multidisciplinary systems approach to integrate technical knowledge with other contextual factors.

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

  1. use a systems approach to identify the environmental, social, legal and planning context associated with complex catchment and floodplain systems
  2. quantify impacts of urban development on stormwater quantity and quality as part of a team using industry-standard modelling software
  3. construct one- and two-dimensional numerical hydraulic models of water movement in rivers and across floodplains using industry-standard software and evaluate and interpret the results
  4. derive and communicate appropriate solutions to catchment and floodplain engineering problems by using a multidisciplinary systems approach to integrate technical knowledge with other contextual factors.