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CEG8525 : Hydrosystems Processes and Data Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Caspar Hewett
  • Lecturer: Ms Tess O'Hara, Dr Vassilis Glenis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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.       Hydro-Met and Soil Water Practical
4.       Rainfall and Evaporation
5.       Soil Water
6.       Rivers and Flow
7.       Runoff and Metrics
8.       Sediment and Water Quality
9.       Rivers, Flow Gauging Practical Groundwater
1.       Definitions
2.       Darcy’s Law
3.       Aquifer Characteristics
4.       Groundwater / surface water interaction
5.       Groundwater practical
Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
1.       Introduction to fluid mechanics: fluid properties, basic principles of fluid flow
2.       Hydrostatics
3.       The Fundamental Equations: Conservation of Mass, Energy and Momentum
4.       Flow Measurement
5.       Fluids Practical
1.       Properties of Fluids and Behaviour of Real Liquids
2.       Steady Flow in Pipes
3.       Uniform Channel Flow and Channel Design
4.       Rapidly Varied Flow

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:001 x coursework (40%)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Data manipulation (Informatics skills)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Whittle Dene field trip
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Activities covering: Hydro-meteorological kit, Informatics skills, Groundwater simulator
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical16:006:00Flow Gauging, Ouseburn River
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical42:008:00Computer based (NUMBAS) hydraulics practicals
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading141:0041:00Background reading and additional information
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Computer based (NUMBAS) fluid mechanics practicals
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical15:005:00Lab-based experiments using hydraulic benches: Hydrostatics, the Bernoulli equation and flow measurement
Guided Independent StudySkills practice145:0045:00Practice Questions for Consolidation of learning: Hydrosystems, Groundwater, Fluids and Hydraulics
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study72:0014:00Includes background reading. reading lecture notes and watching recorded videos
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG8501Quantitative Methods for Engineering
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1201A60NUMBAs exam, Primarily covering numerical aspects of the taught material to test ability to apply equations related to groundwater, fluid mechanics and hydraulics.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M40Incorporating flow gauging and Ouseburn Metrics, Ouseburn Catchment management plan
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MPractice questions for fluid mechanics and hydraulics introduced in practicals.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework, examination and formative online tests 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 report writing.

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