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Environmental Applied Hydrology (ENEN90034)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENEN90034
Semester 1
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In this subject students will learn to analyse hydrologic data, to build computer models of catchments, and apply these to hydrologic analysis and real-world design problems. Quantitative analyses of physical hydrology are introduced and emphasis will be placed on the application of fundamental principles of mathematics and physics to the conceptualisation and analysis of the complex interactions that are the hallmark of earth systems. The subject builds on knowledge from ENEN20002 Earth Processes for Engineering where climate and water cycles are studied. It also complements knowledge of modelling and analysis from subjects such as ENEN90031 Quantitative Environmental Modelling and ENEN90028 Monitoring Environmental Impacts. The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a career in the catchment management or water resources fields, but is also relevant to a range of engineering disciplines where the water cycle should be considered.


Topics covered include a range of engineering hydrology techniques, precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff processes, flood hydrology, unsaturated zone, interaction between surface and subsurface water and hydrological modelling.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Apply hydrologic analyses to engineering designs
  2. Analyse the frequency and regime characteristics of streamflow
  3. Describe the process of evapotranspiration and perform quantitative analyses on meteorological and environmental data to compute evapotranspiration
  4. Describe precipitation measurements and perform quantitative analyses on precipitation to be used in engineering designs
  5. Identify and apply techniques to assess the impact of land-use changes on streamflows
  6. Describe and perform quantitative analyses on processes that control runoff and stream-flow at the hillslope and catchment scale
  7. Describe and perform quantitative analyses on unsaturated zone processes
  8. Develop quantitative models of these hydrological processes.

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems, design and operational performance
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Last updated: 9 November 2018