CIVL 4017 Surface Water Hydrology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301329

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Description Surface water hydrology covers the principles of hydrology as it pertains to surface water component of the hydrologic cycle. The principal focus is on the relationship between rainfall and surface runoff. The extent of flooding resulting from storm events will be evaluated through floodplain delineation process. Successful completion of this unit provides the competencies required to propose sustainable engineering solutions to potential adverse impacts of land-use changes. This unit builds on the hydraulic concepts acquired from the units completed earlier.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Discipline Water and Sanitary Engineering

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Pre-requisite(s) CIVL 3011

Equivalent Subjects CIVL 4007 - Hydrology EART 4001 - Surface Water Hydrology

Assumed Knowledge

Students need working knowledge of spreadsheet software, for example Microsoft Excel.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Identify all components of the hydrologic cycle
  2. Perform hydrologic analysis of catchments
  3. Design retention and detention basins incorporating appropriate hydraulic structures and evaluate their effectiveness
  4. Apply statistical techniques to forecast future hydrologic events
  5. Formulate and execute surface water hydrology software packages to simulate catchment response
  6. Delineate extent of flooding using appropriate hydraulic software packages
  7. Propose sustainable solutions to address adverse impacts of land development
  8. Effectively work in a team environment

Subject Content

Hydrologic principles
Hydrologic analysis
Frequency analysis
Flood routing
Hydrologic simulation models
Urban hydrology
Floodplain hydraulics
Design applications in hydrology


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Project Report - Final Submission 1,500 words per student (approx) 20 N Group
Intra-session Exam 1 hour 20 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 40 Y Individual
Project Report - Progress Report 1 500 word per student 40 N Group
Annotated Bibliography approx. 1000 words per student (includes improvements to 500 words per student from Progress Report 1) 10 N Group

Prescribed Texts

  • Bedient, PB, Huber WC & Vieux BE 2019, Hydrology and floodplain analysis, 6th edn, Pearson, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Teaching Periods


Penrith (Kingswood)


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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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Sydney City Campus - Term 2

Sydney City


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