Integrated Water Design

CVE80009 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 48 hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24


PG: Admission to cognate PG degree

Aims and objectives

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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Identify the fundamental objectives of urban water systems, including management of both water quantity and quality (K1, K2, K3, S1, S2, S3) 
2. Identify the issues affecting the supply of potable water to urban communities (K1, K2, K5, K6, S1) 
3. Analyse the processes by which floods are generated in urban drainage systems and the different mitigation strategies adopted (K4, K5, K6, A4, A5) 
4. 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) 
5. Address the impact of urban stormwater on the ecosystems in urban stream systems (S2, S3, S4) 
6. Formulate the use of life cycle costing to assess the suitability of different water management strategies (A1, A2, A3, A6) 
7. Use computer based models to develop and investigate integrated urban water management strategies (K2, S4, A1, A4, A5, A6) 
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.