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CS2002 - Catchment, Stream and Lake Engineering

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject introduces the land components of the hydrological cycle. Topics covered include: Hydrology design rainfall; peak discharges; design flood hydrographs; estimation of floods; urban stormwater management; groundwater hydrology. River mechanics continuity equation; plug flow; solute transport; secondary flow; scour. Reservoir processes stratification; mixing; inflows and outflows; seasonal cycles; destratification methods. The contaminant transport process, surface water hydrology, and groundwater hydrology will be emphasized in this subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an understanding of the processes determining surface and subsurface hydrology, river flows and reservoir and lake dynamics;
  • develop methods of finding engineering solutions to problems associated with standing and flowing surface water and subsurface flows;
  • develop the ability to work both individually and as part of a team in the analysis and solution of engineering problems pertaining to surface and subsurface flows.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Bithin Datta.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 15 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.