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CEG8525 : Hydrosystems Processes and Data Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nathan Forsythe
  • Lecturer: Dr Caspar Hewett, Dr Brian Thomas, Mr Vassilis Glenis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This 20-credit module is a wide ranging introduction all aspects of the Hydrosystem. The module covers the hydrological cycle, the groundwater regime and the river regime. Fundamental processes will be introduced, how this process measured with instrumentation, how data is analysed and quantified. You will be introduced to many hydrological groundwater and hydraulic methods to underpin the whole MSc. The module works closely with the QME module to build a full skillset for modelling and water management.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       River Basin Management and Derwent Valley Case study
2.       Catchments Overview and Ouseburn Study
3.       Published. Click to unpublish Catchments Overview and Ouseburn Study.
4.       Hydro-Met and Soil Water Practical
5.       Rainfall and Evaporation
6.       Soil Water
7.       Rivers and Flow
8.       Runoff and Metrics
9.       Sediment and Water Quality
10.       Rivers, Flow Gauging Practical

1.       Definitions
2.       Darcy’s Law
3.       Hydraulic Head
4.       Hydraulic Gradient
5.       Aquifer Characteristics
6.       GW Flow Equations
7.       Aquifers under stress
8.       Baseflow
9.       Groundwater practical

Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
1.       Why we need fluid mechanics
2.       Introduction and fluid properties
3.       Basic Principles of Fluid Flow
4.       Hydrostatic Pressure Distribution
5.       Conservation of Mass, Energy and Momentum

1.       Introduction to Hydraulics of Real Liquids
2.       Pipe Hydraulics
3.       Open Channel Flow
4.       Design of Open Channels
5.       Rapidly Varied Flow
6.       Hydraulics Practical

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:0040:002xCoursework Flow Gauging and Ouseburn Metrics and Ouseburn Catchment Plan
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture143:0042:00Present in person lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00PIP,Hydro-meteorological kit, Informatics skill,Groundwater simulator & Hydraulics practicals
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Background reading and additional information
Guided Independent StudySkills practice310:0030:00Online Tests :- Revision and Assessment Hydrosystems Groundwater Fluids and Hydraulics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Flow Gauging, Ouseburn River
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study54:0020:00Asynchronous Timetabled Includes background reading & reading lecture notes and recorded videos
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG8501Quantitative Methods for Engineering
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The main rationale for the teaching methods employed on this module is to engage and give a solid grounding the student at the outset of their MSc programme, and to place in context ALL of the subsequent modules.
Therefore, an appropriate mix of lectures, interactive workshops, experimental work using state of the art equipment and facilities. An in depth case study for Newcastle and the River Ouseburn, linking to The Urban Observatory, the National Green Infrastructure facility and the Novak Laboratory. Hands on workshops will acquire, distil and report on range of spatial and temporal data sets. Students will work in groups to aid the data synthesis and reporting process. These methods are appropriate because they provide the student with an integrated programme of theory (lectures) and practical hands-on application (workshops and experimental work

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M25Ouseburn Catchment management plan
Written exercise2M25Flow gauging and Ouseburn Metrics
Prof skill assessmnt2M50Online Tests: A Hydrosystems B Groundwater C Fluids and Hydraulics
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework and exam will assess the individual students understanding of fundamental theoretical concepts, the student’s individual understanding in depth of the course material and concepts, as well their report writing skills.

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