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CIV6735 Postgraduate Module
This module is intended to provide an introduction to Hydrology for MSc Water Engineering students and to equip them with basic quantitative skills for generating design rainfalls, simulating rainfall runoff and estimating flood flows.
Gain understanding of engineering hydrology, of how hydrological data are gathered and applied to generate design rainfall, river flows and flood estimates. And understanding of hydrological modelling techniques.
 A broad awareness of issues relating to water resources and awareness of climate change predictions.
 A general appreciation of key processes with the hydrological cycle, in both urban and rural environments. An understanding of hydrological measurements such as e.g. rainfall, evaporation, evapotranspiration and flows.
 An understanding of rainfall characteristics. The ability to generate design rainfall events.
 The ability to apply concepts of rainfall losses, unit hydrograph theory and reservoir routing to predict surface runoff responses.
 An understanding of the generation of flood estimations for gauged and ungauged catchments.
Written exam. In line with the nature of this course, providing an introduction to the nature of this topic, the course will be assessed by examination to ensure that basic principles are understood and can be recalled.
Please note, these assessments may be subject to change.
|Written Exam Invigilated (LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4)||100||2.5
||Autumn Exam Period
||Autumn Results Day
In line with the nature of this course, providing an introduction to the nature of this topic, the course will be assessed by examination to ensure that basic principles are understood and can be recalled.
Exam Preparation Folder
Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module during both lectures and tutorials. Active discussion on exercises will be encouraged in the lectures and tutorials. Lectures will contain some in-class exercises and tutorials will contain exercises that can be done within the tutorial sessions during as well as during self-study. The students have the opportunity to ask for feedback on these exercises during lectures and tutorials. At the end of the module there will be an exam preparation session, consisting of a mock exam paper, where the students can ask for feedback regarding their responses to the mock exam questions.
Teaching Methods :
Lectures and tutorials
Please note, these are the approximate hours spent on each teaching activity.
|Independent Study(including Prep for Assessment)||Private Study||103.5
|Invigilated Examination||Written Examination||2.5
Outline of Syllabus:
Introduction. The Hydrological Cycle; Exchange rates; Global water resources.
Global water issues. Climate change.
Introduction to hydrological measurements such as e.g. rainfall, evaporation, infiltration and flows.
Rainfall mechanisms. UK Rainfall patterns.
Intensity-duration-frequency and rainfall return periods.UKCIP Climate change predictions
The rainfall runoff process (rural and urban areas)The Unit Hydrograph (UH). Synthetic UH from catchment characteristics.
Continuity and mass balance. Reservoir routing. Flood estimation and flood return periods. Spatial and temporal scales.
Health & Safety:
An understanding of how risk of flooding is defined.
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- Concise Hydrology
- Prof. Dawei Han
- 1st Ed. 2010, bookboon.com
- Free e-book: http://bookboon.com/en/concise-hydrology-ebook
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