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Urban Water Resources

2014 unit code: CVE30001 (formerly HES3112)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours48 Hours
CampusHawthorn, Sarawak
Pre-req HES2340
Pre-req/Co-req HES2146C

Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills concerning the interactions in urban hydrology, methods in flood estimation, channel hydraulics, wastewater & water treatment processes and water sensitive urban design.
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Apply basic principles of hydraulics and hydrology in urban water resources and environmental projects. (K1, K2, K3, S1, S2, S3)
2. Analyse water quality data and interpret the water quality conditions in any waterways. (K1, K2, K5, K6, S1)
3. Understand the treatment process in water and wastewater treatment. (K4, A1)
4. Analyse flood frequency and estimate floods for different return periods. (K4, K5, K6, A4, A5)
5. Recognise the importance of incorporating the concept of sustainability in various water resources engineering design projects. (A1, A2, A3, A6)
6. Develop and appreciate social objectives and environmental issues in urban water resources management. (A3, A6, S4)
7. Enhance awareness on current water resources and environmental issues. (A1, A4, A5)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Interprets and applies current or emerging knowledge from inside and outside the specific discipline.
K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice.
K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in design.
A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.
A3 Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice.
A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information.
A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism.
A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.

Teaching methods

Lectures (24 hours), Tutorials and Laboratory Work (24 hours)



Individual or Group Assessment




60% - 70%



25% - 30%

Laboratory Attendance




  • Water quality, urban water resources, drainage and sewerage systems: Water quality parameters and standard water testing equipments, Water treatment processes, Wastewater treatment processes and policies, Urban water supply schemes, sources of supply, general arrangements, Urban drainage design and modelling
  • Components of Hydrological cycle and Rainfall: Precipitation measurements and analysis, Intensity-Duration-Frequency analysis, Infiltration and estimation of effective precipitation
  • Flood estimation and Hydrograph Analysis: Surface runoff and hydrograph analysis, Rational method
  • Stormwater detention for quality and quantity management: Components in urban stormwater pollutions, Water sensitive urban design, Stormwater reuse applications

Reading materials

Ladson, A. (2008). Hydrology: An Australian Introduction, Oxford, UK.
Chanson, H. (2004). The Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow: An Introduction, 2nd edition, Oxford, UK.
Pilgrim, D. H. (2001). Australian rainfall and runoff: a guide to flood estimation Vol.1, Institution of Engineers, Australia.