• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Environmental Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Danlu Guo
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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A detailed understanding of the water resources available in different environments, how water moves through the environment, and the management of these water resources are fundamental to the practice of environmental engineering. In this course, students will investigate the foundational elements of how water moves over the surface of the land, as well as how underground water flows can be modelled and understood. Building on these fundamentals, students will learn about water reservoirs, rivers and coastlines, including erosion processes and nutrient transport. Anticipating and predicting seasonal variability are essential aspects in predicting rainwater runoff and flooding, and the consequent design of stormwater infrastructure. Water infrastructure more generally is also explored including the design and operation of municipal water supplies, sewerage and water treatment works, water reservoirs including hydroelectric dams, spillways, weirs, and stormwater channels. In response to the global tension between human activity and the natural environment (including the hastening impacts of climate change), the course will investigate irrigation and agricultural water supplies and the broad topic of water security. This course will provide an important focus on indigenous perspectives and contributions to this field of study. Students will be able to draw on course materials that provide diverse gender, cultural, and geographical perspectives on these topics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain and model the behaviour of surface and groundwater flows.
  2. Model and evaluate water catchment runoff behaviour using measurement data
  3. Design infrastructure for water management and wastewater treatment
  4. Design and evaluate future-proof water infrastructure for agricultural, urban and industrial contexts
  5. Discuss and analyse contemporary issues in water resources management

Other Information

Course will be offered from Semester 1, 2023 onwards.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratories (15) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. Assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Group Project (25) [LO 4,5]
  4. Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Approximately 130 hours per semester consisting of the following activities:

  • 12 weeks of classes, including 3 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial each week
  • 3 × three-hour laboratories
  • 6 × minor homework assignments, 3.5 h each
  • one major homework assignment, 20 h.
  • self-guided study, 32 hours.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this course are currently not available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3901.

Prescribed Texts



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4489 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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