KB5025 - Hydraulics and Hydrology

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What will I learn on this module?

In the first semester you will study the hydraulics of open channel flow, pipelines and pumps. The second semester focuses on engineering hydrology, and you will study water supply and catchment hydrology.

The module content will be based around:

Open Channel Flow

Pipeline and Pumping Stations

Water Supply and Catchment Hydrology

How will I learn on this module?

The course will be based around a simplified design problem, requiring you to study the underlying theoretical principles and then apply them to realistic scenarios. Lectures will highlight the key issues, which you will then study with the aid of online materials including notes and e-books. Work on the design problem will be supported by seminar sessions in which you will have an opportunity to discuss the application of key principles to a realistic problem, thereby reinforcing your understanding. All the significant hydraulic phenomena of open channel flow will be presented in laboratory demonstrations, while assessed laboratory classes will allow you to experience the phenomena at first hand including taking measurements to compare with theoretical expectations. Learning is further reinforced by a field trip covering the basics of giving you the opportunity to participate in catchment characterization and stream flow measurement.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support will be in the form of staff presence in seminar sessions, providing feedback and clarification on the application of the principles studied to a design problem. Academic staff will also be present in laboratories during demonstrations and assessed classes and on the field trip.

Additional, non-assessed laboratory sessions will be available for students to reinforce their learning of key principles using hands-on approach in the laboratory.

Additional support will be provided by means of notes and video presentations provided via the electronic learning portal.

Formal feedback will be provided by written marking of your laboratory report.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of open channel flow and the concepts of uniform and critical flow and the analysis of flow conditions.

2. Discuss the hydrological cycle, its associated processes and the collection of hydrological data.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the sustainability issues associated with flooding while also being able to use hydrological data to identify flood risk and demonstrate the application of hydraulic and hydrological routing methods.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the appropriate analysis/experimental techniques to assess and design simple hydraulic systems

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be by exam, coursework, and laboratory report, which will be designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to satisfy the module's learning outcomes. The assessment will require you to demonstrate competence in understanding the key concepts of civil engineering hydraulics and hydrology and to demonstrate the ability to apply this understanding in solving engineering problems.

The laboratory (learning outcomes 1, 2 and 4 in part) will require you to demonstrate an understanding of open channel flow, the concepts of uniform and critical flow, and the analysis of flow conditions. You will conduct experiments and evaluate hydraulic behaviour of open channel flow at different hydraulic structures in a flume. You will also need to demonstrate an understanding of rainfall and runoff on a model of a catchment in the laboratory apparatus.

The design coursework (learning outcomes 1 to 4 in part) will require you to apply appropriate techniques to solve a simplified design problem.

The exam (learning outcomes 1 to 4 in part) will require you to demonstrate competence in understanding the basic principles of the theoretical material as well as the ability to apply these principles to an unfamiliar situation.

Assessment for learning (no marks) will occur throughout the module, with informal assessment and review practices integrated into the structured seminar programme and laboratory sessions in order to assist your development and preparation for summative assessment. Feedback and guidance will be provided by academic staff during the seminar and laboratory sessions.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Civil engineering hydraulics includes the engineering of pipe systems such as water supply and drainage and of open channel flows such as rivers and irrigation channels, all of which are vital to human society and the natural environment. Hydrology is the science of water resource management, covering how to predict the amount of water which can be captured and stored for uses, understanding how water moves through the environment, as well as understanding the occurrence and effects of extreme events such as floods and droughts. The course will be based around a simplified design problem, requiring you to study the underlying theoretical principles and then apply them to realistic scenarios. Lectures will highlight the key issues, and work on the design problems will be supported by seminar sessions. Laboratory demonstrations and classes will allow you to experience key phenomena at first hand. Learning is further reinforced by a field trip covering the basics of catchment characterization and stream flow measurement. The module will introduce you to much of the work carried out by civil engineers employed in the water industry.

Course info

UCAS Code H201

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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