Hydrological Processes 1

Subject 421-580 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours; Non-contact time commitment: 84 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available

421-316 Engineering Hydraulics & Hydrology, 421-325 Field Data Acquisition and Analysis , 421-327 Computing for Land and Spatial Systems
or admission into a postgraduate course

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Jeffrey Phillip Walker


Semester 1, 2009
Dr Justin Costelloe
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tel: +61 3 83447238
Email: j.costelloe@civenv.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview: This is a companion subject to Hydrological Processes 2. At the conclusion of this subject students should be capable of undertaking quantitative analyses of physical processes related to surface hydrology. Emphasis will be placed on the application of fundamental principles of mathematics and physics to the conceptualisation and analysis of the complex interactions that are the hallmark of environmental systems. Students should also be able to build computer models of these interactions and interpret the output from such models. Topics covered include global water, energy and carbon cycles, precipitation, evapotranspiration, interaction between surface and subsurface water, runoff processes, hydrological modelling and water quality
Objectives: At the end of this subjects students should be able to:
  • describe and quantitatively analyse the global energy balance and water carbon cycles, and their interaction
  • describe the process of evapotranspiration and perform quantitative analyses on meteorological and environmental data to compute evapotranspiration
  • describe and perform quantitative analyses on precipitation processes and measurements
  • describe and perform quantitative analyses on processes that control runoff and streamflow at the catchment scale
  • describe and perform quantitative analyses on processes of particulate and soluable contaminant generation and transport in surface waters
  • describe approaches to hydrological modelling and develop quantitive models of hydrological processes
Assessment: One 3-hour end of semester examination (70%) and three assignments (24%) totalling less than 2,000 words and two 30 minute tests (6%) throughout the semester.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject replaces:
421-490 Quantification of Physical Processes A
421-580 Hydrological Processes 1

Please note that this subject is co-taught to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Environmental
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Science
Master of Development Technologies
Master of Energy Studies
Master of Engineering Project Management
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Water Resource Management

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