CEG3503 : Hydrosystems Engineering
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Quinn
- Lecturer: Professor Eric Valentine
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To inspire students and to demonstrate the exciting opportunities for engineers in the water resources engineering sector. To provide an understanding of hydrological processes and applications in water resources engineering. To place water resources engineering in the context of national and international civil engineering practice.
The module begins by demonstrating the relevance of water to civil engineering with examples of major national and international engineering projects concerned with water resources, flood management and hydrological systems. It introduces the use of modelling for quantification of the water cycle and then proceeds through a variety of hydrological and water resources engineering topics, including flood routing, reservoir design and control, flood and drought occurrence, unsteady flow, groundwater flows, water supply systems, urban drainage and river engineering. It concludes with an integrative overview. Wherever possible, theoretical development is supported by practical example and case studies.
Outline Of Syllabus
*Introduction. Water resources, hydrology, floods and river catchment systems in engineering and the context of a nation’s requirements; national and international case studies.
*Quantification of the water cycle through mathematical modelling; types of models.
*Hydrological flood routing: predicting the movement of flood waves along rivers.
*Reservoir flood routing and spillway design: ensuring that a dam does not fail by being overtopped.
*Flood and drought frequency: determining relative occurrence from available hydrological records.
*Reservoir design: calculating the size of a reservoir to ensure a reliable water supply in the future.
* Reservoir operation: derivation of operating rules to ensure that water is supplied with a specified long-term reliability.
*Unsteady flow: the relevant physics based equations; flood simulation and mapping.
*Groundwater flows: borehole equations and drawdown; designing a well to provide a sustainable water yield.
*Water supply systems: sources and networks; pipe size and pipe network design to deliver water from reservoirs and into urban systems.
*Urban drainage and storm sewer networks: designing drainage systems to minimize flood risk.
*River engineering: sediment transport and river morphology; river training; working with Nature to stabilize rivers and ensure the safety of populations and infrastructure in river corridors.
*Integrative overview: integrated river basin management.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||16||1:00||16:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||16||0:30||8:00||Revision for exam.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||5:00||10:00||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||1:30||1:30||Computer based Blackboard tests|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||1:00||8:00||Tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||44:30||44:30||Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation for assessment.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
To impart the basic qualitative and quantitative understanding represented by the knowledge outcomes via a mix of self learning and formal teaching, including lecture presentations and discussions/tutorials with active student participation.
Students are expected to organise their own revision timetable and may allocate a different time ratio for Independent study and Revision from the suggestion given here.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||1||A||75||Unseen written examination.|
|Written exercise||1||M||10||Coursework - computational exercises (approx. 1000 words)|
|Computer assessment||1||M||15||Blackboard tests|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
To assess the student’s grasp of the basic qualitative and quantitative understanding represented by the knowledge outcomes via a mix of written coursework (based on computational exercises) and an examination paper designed to test both the width and depth of the student’s knowledge. The written exercises provide training in the preparation of design reports (likely to be a feature of subsequent employment) and avoids a complete reliance on examination assessment.
The online Blackboard tests will allow the lecturer to ask a wider range of questions to cover all of the materials being taught and assess the students understanding.
Study Abroad students who are unable to return to Newcastle for the Semester 1 Assessment period would be required to sit an examination.