This unit provides the fundamental knowledge of the objectives, design and management strategies adopted for integrated water design. The unit will focus on the design and management of issues related to both water quality and quantity within urban catchments and natural catchments supplying water to urban areas. Design of water infrastructure, including, weirs, storage dams and urban stormwater drainage. Students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in the application of computer models in the design and assessment of urban water management strategies, and use these models to develop a better understanding of the application of best design and management practice in integrated urban water systems.


CVE30001 Urban Water Resources

Admission to cognate PG degree

CVE30001 Urban Water Resources

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
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Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental objectives of urban water systems, including management of both water quantity and quality (K1, K2, K3, S1, S2, S3)
  • Identify the issues affecting the supply of potable water to urban communities (K1, K2, K5, K6, S1)
  • Analyse the processes by which floods are generated in urban drainage systems and the different mitigation strategies adopted (K4, K5, K6, A4, A5)
  • Interpret the processes by which pollutants are generated within urban catchments and the different processes used in the treatment of urban stormwater quality and develop treatment strategies for the management of urban stormwater quality (K5, A3, A6, S4)
  • Address the impact of urban stormwater on the ecosystems in urban stream systems (S2, S3, S4)
  • Formulate the use of life cycle costing to assess the suitability of different water management strategies (A1, A2, A3, A6)
  • Use computer based models to develop and investigate integrated urban water management strategies (K2, S4, A1, A4, A5, A6)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Computer Laboratory
2.00 12 weeks 24
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
7.50 12 weeks 90


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual 60 - 70% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 
QuizzesIndividual 20 - 30% 1,2,3,4,5,6 
Tutorial ExercisesIndividual 10% 1,2,4,6,7 


  • Climate and hydrology
  • Rainfall, streamflow and floods
  • Soil and groundwater
  • Geographic Information Systems in water resources
  • Hydrological modelling
  • Hydraulic modelling
  • Stormwater design
  • Urban drainage modelling
  • Stormwater quality improvement devices
  • Water-sensitive urban design
  • Water quality modelling
  • Water demand management measures
  • Urban water supply

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.