C&ENVENG 4109 - Environmental Engineering & Design IVB

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Designing large-scale water supply systems or local-scale urban stormwater systems requires excellent knowledge of hydrology and climate science, water quality, statistics and risk estimation, and a diversity of catchment modelling tools. This course will develop the fundamental understanding ? as well as the engineering design tools and principles ?to design the water supply and drainage infrastructure needed to meet the demands of an increasing population and changing climate over the 21st century. Topics will be covered from the following: (1) water sensitive urban design approaches to managing urban stormwater quantity and quality; (2) reservoir modelling, including continuous rainfall-runoff modelling, yield assessments and water demand estimation; (3) climate change impact assessments; (4) stochastic generation of rainfall time series; (5) flood modelling; and (6) environmental flow requirements.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4109
    Course Environmental Engineering & Design IVB
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 4087, C&ENVENG 3079, C&ENVENG 3077, ECON 3500, ENV BIOL 2005 & C&ENVENG 4037
    Assessment Online quizzes, Design Project and Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Seth Westra

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    Technical knowledge and application of knowledge skills

    1.    Be able to describe the key principles of various stormwater treatment measures and the stormwater treatment train

    2.    Understand and apply modelling approaches to evaluate stormwater treatment measures to improve stormwater quality

    3.    Understand the principles of drought risk assessment and estimate reservoir yield

    4.    Conduct reservoir water balance calculations

    5.    Understand and account for the implications of climate variability and change on water supply systems

    6.    Calculate the probable maximum precipitation and probable maximum flood

    7.    Understand environmental flows and design reservoirs to minimise environmental impacts

    8.    Understand the application of stochastic methods for engineering design

    9.    Competence in a number of software packages, including MUSIC, Source Catchments, the Stochastic Climate Library and RORB

    Thinking skills

    10.  Be capable of solving complex engineering design problems, accounting for a range of constraints and competing objectives

    11.  Be capable of identifying information needs, obtaining accurate and timely information, and applying information to an engineering design problem

    Personal skills and attributes

    12.  Work effectively as a member of a team, and be able to manage complex projects with a large number of specific tasks

    13.  Be able to plan and manage time effectively to achieve project goals

    14.  Produce professional engineering design reports
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 10, 11, 12
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 12,13, 14
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-9, 10, 11
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 10, 14
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 3, 5, 6, 7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will generally involve two one-hour lectures and two one hour CATS practical sessions per week. Certain weeks during semester will be dedicated to design sessions where groups will work exclusively on the design projects and/or provide presentations on the design project. The timing of these design sessions will be provided on the myUni site.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In line with University guidelines, it is expected that the average student should spend 12 hours per week on this course. In addition to the lectures (2 hours) and the practical session (2 hours), students are expected to spend an additional 8 hours per week reviewing lecture material and working on the online quizzes and design projects.
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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