Module code: ENGM057

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 18

Tutorial Hours: 18

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 50%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A basic understanding of surface water hydrology, hydraulics and computing/IT, plus some background in mathematics is recommended. 

Module overview

The module provides an overview of the rational and importance of integrated water resources management. The fundamentals and application of hydrological and hydraulic modelling in water resources management are covered, and hands-on experience with a hydraulic simulation package is provided. Special attention is paid to the access, retrieval and statistical analysis of hydrological data time series, as well as to the analysis of spatial information using geographical information systems. The use of remote sensing data for water resources management is also discussed.

Module aims

An appreciation of the hydrological water cycle, and water resources management.

An appreciation of low flow and flood hydrology, and of methods of calculation used for such processes

A knowledge of the theoretical background of mathematical models and the numerical techniques employed in them, including flow, water quality and sediment, in 1, 2 and 3 dimensions

Hands-on experience   with a 1-D hydraulic modelling package

Knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing data sources, and its role in catchment management

To gain a good understanding of application of the above through case studies

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Explain the role and application of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) in water management. KP
Demonstrate the fundamentals in surface water hydrological and hydraulic assessments as part of flood control, water quality and sediment management projects. KCT
Build a 1-D flow model and carry out simulations using the model. CPT
Application of appropriate modelling for a wide range of hydrological and hydraulic based projects T
Synthesis of data T
Oral & written communication T
Use of word processer, spreadsheet, drawing/presentation T
Critical thinking T
  Information retrieval skills T
Independent learning skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


The hydrological cycle: water storage and fluxes
The water budget in a catchment
Impacts of climate change and population growth on freshwater resources
Hydrological data
Probability of hydrological events.
Dams and reservoirs. An overview
Low Flow Hydrology. Reservoir capacity design
High Flow Hydrology:
Catchment response to a rainfall event
Design rainfall
The unit hydrograph method
Flow routing

2.         GIS and REMOTE SENSING

Remote sensing for hydrology
GIS and its application in water management
Lab sessions using GIS software


What is a hydraulic model?
1, 2 and 3 dimension hydraulic models. Examples
Open channel flow
Types of flow
Laminar or Turbulent
Subcritical, critical or supercritical
Steady or unsteady:
Uniform flow
Gradually varied flow.
Specific energy
Backwater profiles
Hydraulic jumps
Lab sessions on hydraulic modelling

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module constitutes an advanced element of Civil and Environmental Engineering at FHEQ Levels 7 on the MEng programme in Civil Engineering and MSc programme in Water and Environmental Engineering. The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with sound theoretical knowledge, as well as hands-on experience, on hydraulic modelling and geospatial data analysis, in order to build capacity for addressing integrated water resources management projects. All sessions are illustrated with real case applications of the covered materials, in order to strengthen the student´s ability to link theory and complex, multi decision water resources problems.

The learning and teaching methods include:

A set of detailed self-explanatory notes and references, which students can use to develop and deepen their knowledge of the subject and link to other modules in the programme.
Video recordings of the lectures and lab sessions, which provide the students with the opportunity to go over the lecturer’s explanations.
Real cases are explained to illustrate the application of each of the taught methods.
Guided hands-on work in the computer lab for learning GIS and hydraulic modelling tools.
Towards the end of each lecture, the students are asked to solve short, simple practice exercises on the methods explained during the class. The exercises are then solved by the lecturer on the whiteboard, seeking the students’ interaction.
Two pieces of coursework requiring students to apply their critical thinking and use GIS and hydraulic modelling tools.
Worldwide current news related to flooding events, water resources scarcity or dam failure risks are discussed in class, providing direct, up-to-date links between in-class learning and real world engineering applications.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

1. Understanding of the catchment water yield and budget, and ability to design storage capacity for guarantee of supply (LO 1).

2. Knowledge of fundamentals of surface water hydrological and hydraulic modelling (LO 2).

3. Ability to assess the hydrological response of a catchment to land use changes (LO 3).

4. Ability to obtain and analyse hydrological data (LO 4).

5. Capacity to build and run a 1D unsteady hydraulic model and simulate a flood event. (LO 5).

6. Awareness of appropriate modelling techniques for a range of hydrological and hydraulic based projects (LO 6).

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

Examination [learning outcomes: 1,2,3,6] (50%, 2 h)
Coursework 1: development of a 1D hydraulic model and simulation of a flood event [learning outcomes: 2,5,6] (25%, 20 h)
Coursework 2: [learning outcomes: 4] (20%, 20 h)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be provided during tutorials and interactive discussions  in lectures and lab sessions. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions related to past examinations, coursework and also to clarify case studies given in lectures.

The two pieces of coursework provide a vehicle for both written and verbal formative feedback.

The students can also have personal discussions with the lecturer after class, during walk-in sessions and by previous appointment.

Reading list

Reading list for WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND HYDRAULIC MODELLING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm057

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.