Hydrological Processes

Subject ENEN90034 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours (Lectures: 2 hours per week, Workshops: 24 hours per semester)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Learning and understanding in this subject will be enhanced by the knowledge gained in the following subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2011
Non Allowed Subjects: This subject is a replacement for the following:
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Assoc Prof Andrew Western


Subject Overview: In this subject quantitative analyses of physical hydrology are introduced. 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 earth 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, the unsaturated zone and groundwater hydrology

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • describe and quantitatively analyse the global energy balance and water and 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 stream-flow at the hillslope and catchment scale
  • describe and perform quantitative analyses on vadose zone processes
  • describe and perform quantitative analyses on groundwater processes
  • develop quantitative models of these hydrological processes
  • One 3-hour examination, end of semester (50%)
  • Three x 1000 word assignments with associated computer modelling, due throughout the semester (40%)
  • Two x 30 minute quizzes, in Week 5 and Week 10 (10%)
Hurdle Requirement: The examination component must be passed in order to pass the subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem indentification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems, design andoperational performance
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development
Related Course(s): Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Environmental Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Environmental)

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