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SEN725 - Urban Stormwater Management


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Abdol Ghafouri Rouzbehani (Mohjo)


For S460 students: completion of 22 credits points



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week


This unit provides students with an overview of urban storm water management and road drainage design. Both quantity and quality aspects will be covered. The Unit comprises theoretical coverage of the rainfall-runoff and water quality transformation concepts in the context of an urban environment and modelling applications. Students will be taught the mathematical formulations for overland and channel flow, hydrological concepts to derive runoff and the application of these concepts in modelling. Empirical formulations for modelling water quality transformation process will be introduced and adopted for the modelling of water quality in urban runoff with emphasis on conservative transport. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding through tests and project works


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate the attainment of knowledge and concepts related to urban stormwater management.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Comprehend and apply physical concepts and mathematical principles to derive engineering solutions for quantity and quality management.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Apply engineering principles and advanced technical knowledge to design and conceptualize the application of these skills to real world problems.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply innovativeproblem-solving and research principles in the development of modelling to practical applications of urban stormwater management.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy


Communicate with the engineering community in the investigation of problems in urban stormwater management.

GLO2: Communication

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Preliminary project report and oral defence Written report, approximately 2,000 words, and question time 5-10 minutes 30% (15%, 15%) Week 6
Tests 2 x in-class tests 20% (2 x 10%) Week 5 and Week 9
Project report Written technical report, 4,000-word maximum 50% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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