C&ENVENG 4109 - Designing Water Resource Systems for Urban Environments

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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; and (5) environmental flow requirements.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4109
    Course Designing Water Resource Systems for Urban Environments
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites (C&ENVENG 3029 or CEME 2006) and (C&ENVENG 3077 or CEME 3004)
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 3079 or CEME 3005
    Assessment Online quizzes, Design Projects and Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mark Thyer

    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:

    1 Explain the key principles of various stormwater treatment measures and apply the stormwater treatment train to a real-world design problem
    2 Apply a computer modelling package (MUSIC) to evaluate stormwater treatment measures to improve stormwater quality
    3 Select, justify and apply one or several methods for estimating catchment-average rainfall, evapotranspiration and runoff
    4 Develop and calibrate one or several rainfall-runoff models, under both historical climate and future climate change settings
    5 Differentiate between alternative methods for estimating municipal water demand, and use one or several selected methods to estimate water demand 
    6 Apply a computer modelling package (Source) to simulate reservoir behaviour, and elect and justify possible reservoir design decisions that meet water demand while minimising cost and environmental impacts
    7 Describe the theoretical basis and need for stochastic methods in reservoir design, and apply a stochastic model to a real-world design project
    8 Write a high-quality professional engineering reports

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.2   1.5   2.1   2.3   3.2   3.6   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture notes and slides are required resources and will be available on MyUni. The computer models 'MUSIC' and 'Source' are required to complete the assignments, and will be available on ADAPT and in the CATS (Computer Assisted Teaching Suites) in the Inkgarni Wardli Building.

    Recommended Resources
    References for additional resources are provided in the lecture notes and/or on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    All course material including lecture notes and slides, readings, assessment information and announcements will be provided on MyUni. It is your responsibility to check these regularly, as content will be added and updated regularly throughout the course.

    The use of the discussion board on MyUni is also strongly recommended, and technical questions related to course content and assessments should be asked through the discussion board rather than through direct emails with the lecturer and/or tutors. This will allow the whole class to benefit from the responses.

    Please note that lectures will typically be recorded but they should be considered complementary to, rather than a substitute for, attendance. In the event of technical failure it will be the student's responsibility to find an alternative source of information.

    Finally, note that assignments are to be submitted online, with instructions to be provided through MyUni announcements and/or during lectures.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, online quizzes, tutorials and design sessions. In addition, computer laboratory classes will be scheduled to develop the skills required to complete the course assignments.

    Certain weeks during semester will be dedicated to tutorial sessions where individuals will work exclusively on their assignments. The timing of these 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
    Further information on the learning activities is provided on MyUni.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The projects conducted as part of this course are structured as a Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE).
  • 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
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Quizzes (online) 6 Individual Formative Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Self directed tutorials  9 Individual Formative Weeks 3, 7, 11 1. 2. 6.
    Design Project Phase 1a 28 Individual Summative Week 5 Yes 3. 4. 8.
    Design Project Phase 1b 29 Individual Summative Week 9 Yes 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Design Project Phase 2 28 Individual Summative Week 12 Yes 1. 2. 8.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i   
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    There is a hurdle of a minimum of 50% for the average mark for Design Projects, 1a, 1b and 2. If the hurdle is not met, students will receive a course result of the lesser of their calculated grade and the nominal grade of 45 (Fail). An additional assessment will be available to eligible students. Students should refer to the Modified arrangements for coursework assessment policy for eligibility criteria.

    Requests for exemption from coursework components will only be considered when presented on an Exemption from Attendance Form. All exemption requests must be made by the end of Week 3 of Semester. Exemptions will not be considered for exams or in-class quizzes.

    Minimum English expression
    Intelligible English expression (for all assessments) are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process, and may affect marks.
    Assessment Detail
    Further details of each assessment will be provided in lectures and/or via MyUni well before the due date.
    Digital submissions should be submitted by the appropriate MyUni portal for the particular assessment. Further information will be provided through the course’s MyUni website.

    Late submissions will only be accepted for the design projects. There will be a penalty of f 10% if the submission is less than 24h late, 20% if the submission is between 24 and 48h late and so on.  Extensions will only be granted in special circumstances (e.g. illness) and must be sought for each assessment task individually. Extensions will not be granted less than 24h before the deadline for a given task, with the exception of a medical certificate.

    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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