JCU Australia logo

Subject Search

CS2002 - Catchment, Stream and Lake Engineering

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (15%) - Individual
  • Computational laboratory 5%, Report 5%, Experimental laboratory 5% - (15%) - Individual.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coord/Lect: Dr Bithin Datta.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 13 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.