Catchment Hydrology

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Catchment Hydrology

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended prerequisite
    MATH1051 and MATH1052

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Catchment processes including precipitation, evapotranspiration, infiltration & runoff; generation of flows from catchments; statistical analysis of hydrological data; behaviour of flows in channels. Introduction to watershed, groundwater & hydraulic modelling.


    Course Introduction
    Hydrology is the study of the distribution and fate of water as it progresses through the water cycle. Water is essential for life - drought and famine can be the disastrous consequences of having a less than expected supply of water. Conversely, flooding from too much water can cause loss of life as well as damage to property and infrastructure. Scientists and engineers are continually trying to improve our understanding of the processes that distribute water so that we can better anticipate water flows from catchments, especially the extremes of low and high flows, and design appropriate infrastructure and water management plans


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Explain the key components of the hydrological cycle and the purpose of hydrological analysis at a level of detail consistent with professional engineering practice, including the ability to provide examples to aid in their explanation.
    2  Efficiently source, describe and critically assess basic hydrological information.
    3  Successfully calculate water balances for a range of hydrological scenarios including the ability to perform dynamic water balances as the basis to predict flood attenuation through simple storages as well the estimation of maximum sustainable yields from different water resource systems.
    4  Apply catchment scale hydrologic concepts to estimate design flood flows the preliminary design of flood control systems for small catchments including the application of rainfall data to predict flood flows in small, ungauged streams.
    5  Perform calculations to estimate groundwater discharge, given soil or aquifer properties and gradients in groundwater pressure.
    6  Undertake statistical analysis of hydrological records to assist in estimating the magnitude of hydrological events for design of civil and environmental engineering infrastructure.
    7  Use simple spreadsheet tools to aid in computation and analysis of engineering problems including to calculate the flood hydrograph from a set of contributing sub-catchments
    8  Successfully function as part of a team to produce an appropriate technical report for catchment hydrological analysis.
    9  Have improved their ability to manage their learning and to reflect on their own learning and improve their approach to studying


    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

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