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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Engineering

ENGI44910: Hydrology and Water Resources 4

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to H1KB09 Civil Engineering


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  • As specified in programme regulations.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in programme regulations.


  • This module is designed solely for students studying Department of Engineering degree programmes.
  • To provide an overview and describe the characteristics of hydrological systems.
  • To enable students to apply mathematical and fluid mechanics principles to solve a range of hydrological problems.


  • Hydrological measurements
  • Groundwater flow modelling
  • Evaporation modelling
  • Soil water modelling
  • Rainfall-runoff modelling

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • How to acquire measurements of river flows, groundwater levels, precipitation and evaporation.
  • How to apply fluid mechanics principles to determine relevant equations for describing flow in porous media.
  • How to apply thermodynamic principles to estimate evaporation from meteorological data.
  • How to apply mass conservation principles to derive fluid flow models for hydrological systems.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Will be able to derive and apply mathematical models to describe various aspects of hydrological systems.
  • Will be able to apply mathematical models to solve hydrology related engineering problems.
Key Skills:
  • Capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
  • Specialised numerical skills appropriate to an engineer.
  • Mathematics relevant to the application of advanced engineering concepts.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module content is delivered in lectures and is reinforced by problem sheets, equipping students with the required problem solving capability.
  • Students are able to make use of staff 'Tutorial Hours' to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one-to-one basis. These are sign up sessions available for up to one hour per week per lecture course.
  • Written timed examinations are appropriate because of the wide range of analytical, in-depth material covered in this module and allow students to demonstrate the ability to solve advanced problems independently.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 Typically 1 per week 2 Hours 20
Tutorial Hours As required Weekly sign-up sessions Up to 1 Hour 10
Preparation and Reading 70
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University