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CIVL8035 - River Basin Engineering

Title:River Basin Engineering
Long Title:River Basin Engineering
Module Code:CIVL8035
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Description: This module will include the study of the hydrological processes within a river catchment. It will also enable the student to understand open channel flow, river hydraulics, sediment transport and river engineering works and their application to Civil Engineering practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Evaluate the interaction between rain, infiltration, runoff and river flow in a river basin.
LO2 Identify potential sources of flooding, and examine flood control systems
LO3 Evaluate flows in open channel systems.
LO4 Evaluate river sediment transport and loadings.
LO5 Evaluate river engineering infrastructure and solutions.
LO6 Design storm sewer and control systems for an urban area.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Catchment Hydrology
Rainfall analysis. Affects of climatological factors. Catchment runoff estimation. Flood control and management.
Open Channel Flow
Free surface flow, uniform and non-uniform flow, resistance formulae, specific energy, critical depth and control sections, rapid and gradually varied flow, water surface profiles.
Rivers & River Engineering
Morphology, river surveys and data gathering, river flows and hydraulics, river engineering works, engineering with nature, river modelling
Sediment Transport
Sediment characteristics, mechanics of river sediment transport, suspended and bed-load transport and loadings, scour/erosion and sedimentation, contaminant impacts
Urban drainage design
Hydraulic design of sewers. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Hydrological assessment and analysis of a river catchment 1,2 40.0 Week 5
Short Answer Questions Assessment of open channel / river flow conditions 3,4,5 30.0 Week 8
Short Answer Questions Assessment of hydraulic design and urban flood control systems 3,4,5,6 30.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Problem solving 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision of lecture material and preparation of continuous assessment 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Tutorial Problem solving 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision and preparation of assessments 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • L Hamill 2011, Understanding Hydraulics, Third Ed Ed., Macmillan Education UK [ISBN: 0230242758]
  • E Shaw, K Bevan, N Chappell, R Lamb 2010, Hydrology in practice, Fourth Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 0415370426]
  • EPA, River basin management plan for Ireland (2018-2021)
  • Chadwick A, Morfett J and Borthwick M 2013, Hydraulics in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Fifth Ed Ed., CRC Press [ISBN: 9780415672450]
  • CIRIA 2007, The Rock Manual - The Use of Rock in Hydraulic Engineering, 2nd Ed. Ed., CIRIA London [ISBN: 978-0-86017-6]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_CSTRU_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering 6 Mandatory
CR_CCEEE_9 Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) 6 Mandatory
CR_CSTEN_9 Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering 6 Mandatory

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