University of Technology Sydney

49107 Urban Stormwater Design

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UTS: Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject aims to teach students to design property, street pipe and trunk drainage systems, urban drainage structures such as culverts, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and on-site detention systems (OSD) systems. A further objective is to familiarise students with methods of urban drainage design set out in recent manuals, with an emphasis on flood protection and integration with stormwater quality enhancement.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic principles and methods of hydraulics and hydrology;
2. Design urban drainage structures such as culverts, OSD systems and street pipe drainage systems;
3. Demonstrate a familiarity with methods of urban stormwater design set out in recent manuals, with an emphasis on flood protection
4. Provide an overview of design aspects of flood estimation and flood mitigation;
5. Provide an overview of water sensitive urban design

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, and influence stakeholders, and apply expert judgment establishing and managing constraints, conflicts and uncertainties within a hazards and risk framework to define system requirements and interactivity. (B.1)
  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design thinking and decision-making methodologies in new contexts or to novel problems, to explore, test, analyse and synthesise complex ideas, theories or concepts. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply theoretical, conceptual, software and physical tools and advanced discipline knowledge to research, evaluate and predict future performance of systems characterised by complexity. (D.1)
  • Collaborative and Communicative: FEIT graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating autonomously within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts in the workplace. (E.1)
  • Reflective: FEIT graduates critically self-review their own and others' performance with a high level of responsibility to improve and practice competently for the benefit of professional practice and society. (F.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies
Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Engineering should note that this subject contributes to the assurance of Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies: 1.2, 2.1.

Teaching and learning strategies

Student learning in this subject is facilitated through week 0 and through three block sessions during the teaching session.

In preparation for the block classes students should watch the introductory video on UTSOnline. Students should reflect on the issues raised and the questions posted on UTSOnline related to the video. Students should participate in the UTSOnline discussion board. The discussion is moderated by the subject coordinator, affording the opportunity to provide feedback on students reflections, and answer and direct further learning.

The block classes run on Friday afternoon and the whole of Saturday. Each block is comprised of lectures and tutorial sessions. Students are expected to be punctual and regular in attending the face-to-face sessions in this subject. In this subject there are numerous formative assessments activities (some do not contribute to overall assessment) from Block 1 onward that are designed to allow students to practice using their new knowledge/ skills and receive feedback from the lecturer.

The lectures are interactive in all aspects of the course of instruction, which will include the use of power-point presentations and selected videos. Students are expected to actively take part in class discussion to, in part, help build their communication skills as well as consolidate concepts of stormwater design. The lectures will have a practical bias. Students are expected to read the indicated materials and answer the associated online questions before the lecture so that the lecture can focus on problem solving activities individually or in small groups and any problematic material rather than parts which students can understand by themselves.

There will also be computer laboratory tutorial sessions (one each block) which will be interactive and mainly focused problem solving, with discussion and feedback including in groups and on a one to one basis. All tutorial sessions provide significant opportunities for students to problem solve in a group.

All relevant lecture material including notes, videos, reference material, design handbooks, tutorials, online questions, assignments, etc will be placed on UTSOnline. Teaching materials have a practical focus that aims to be relevant to professional engineering practice. Some of the workshops and tutorials may be given by guest lecturers with industry expertise to link the subject to professional engineering practice.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Assignment 1

Intent:

Apply theoretical concepts and design methods to a practical situation with respect to Property Drainage and OSD

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1 and E.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Length:

As a guide your assignment should be approximately 10 pages long including any diagrams. The entire assignment must be submitted as a single report in Word or PDF format.

Assessment task 2: Assignment 2

Intent:

Apply theoretical concepts and design methods to a practical situation with respect to Street Drainage.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1 and F.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Length:

As a guide your assignment should be approximately 10 pages long including any diagrams. The entire assignment must be submitted as a single report in Word or PDF format.

Assessment task 3: Assignment 3

Intent:

Apply theoretical concepts and design methods to practical situation with respect to 1) 2D Modelling or 2) modelling bridges or other hydraulic structures (fence/gate).

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1, D.1 and E.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Length:

As a guide your assignment should be approximately 10 pages long including any diagrams. The entire assignment must be submitted as a single report in Word or PDF format.

Assessment task 4: Assignment 4

Intent:

Apply theoretical concepts and design methods to a practical situation with respect to WSUD

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

2, 3 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1, D.1 and E.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Length:

As a guide your assignment should be approximately 10 pages long including any diagrams. The entire assignment must be submitted as a single report in Word or PDF format.

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Required texts

Essential notes and papers are on UTSOnline.

References

Engineers Australia, 'Australian Rainfall and Runoff, A Guide to Flood Estimation', Institution of Engineers Australia, Canberra , 2003.

Queensland Urban Drainage Manual (QUDM Jones, N et al 1992);

Argue J, 1987, 'Storm Drainage Design in Small Urban Catchments: A Handbook for Australian Practice', Special Report No.34, Australian Road Research Board, Vermont South, Victoria

AUSTROADS, 1994,'Waterway Design, A Guide to the Hydraulic Design of Bridges, Culverts and Floodways', Sydney

Henderson F M, 1966, 'Open Channel Flow, Macmillan, New York

Hunt, J S (ed), 1992, 'Urban Erosion and Sediment Control', Revised Edition, NSW Department of Conservation and Land Management

Morse McVey and Associates for NSW Department of Housing, 1993, 'Soil and Water Management for Urban Development', Sydney

New South Wales Government , 1986, 'Floodplain Development Manual', Sydney, December

New South Wales Government, 1990, 'Coastline Management Manual', Sydney, September

New South Wales Government, 1992 'Estuary Management Manual', Sydney, October

O'Loughlin G, 1994, 'Notes on Engineering Hydrology', School of Civil Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney

Other resources

A considerable amount of information is available from other government bodies, as documents and from their websites, for example:

Department of Natural Resources (DIPNR) http://www.dipnr.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Water Corporation: www.sydneywater.com.au

Sydney Catchment Authority: http://www.sca.nsw.gov.au