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CEG3503 : Hydrosystems Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Claire Walsh
  • Lecturer: Dr Vassilis Glenis, Professor Richard Dawson
  • 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: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To demonstrate and equip engineers with skills and knowledge for water resources engineering sector practice. To provide an understanding of applied hydrological processes and applications in water resources engineering. To place water resources engineering in the context of national and international civil engineering practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

Taking a hydrosystemic perspective, the syllabus will cover a range of hydrosystem engineering challenges and solutions: Lecture outline will include:

*Introduction to the Hydrosystem
Flood risk: types of flooding, flood risk management, design storms, hydrodynamic modelling
*Coastal engineering: challenges, management
*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.
*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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00Lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion215:0030:00a) Coursework: flood risk; b) Examination preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Hydrodynamic Modelling.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00Extra reading and exercises, exam revision using small informatics tools to back up the theory
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. Computer practical will enable the student to do some flood risk modelling and introduce the coursework

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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Analysis of flood risk and management options.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

To assess the student’s grasp of the basic qualitative and quantitative understanding represented by the knowledge outcomes via written coursework (based on computational exercises) The written exercise provides training in the preparation of design reports (likely to be a feature of subsequent employment). Examination to ensure the student understands the concepts taught on the course and how to apply them to practical problems.

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