ENCN342-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Hydraulics and Applied Hydrology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


Open channel flow; pipe networks; scale and dimensional analysis; flow of surface and ground water; urban drainage; catchment hydrological modelling.

Hydraulics and Applied Hydrology is the second, and final, compulsory course on fluid motion in the undergraduate curriculum for Civil and Natural Resources engineering students. It follows on from ENCN242, Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, in second year.

The course is split into a series of self-contained topics that fall under the broad category of water resource engineering.

The first half of the course focuses on the analysis of steady open channel flow, and the analysis and design of pipe network systems.

In the second half of the course, we extend these focused applications into a diverse portfolio of topics that a practicing water resources engineer could encounter. We will introduce you to the engineering of hydrological systems, including groundwater wells, surface water management, and the mathematical foundations of advanced topics in fluid systems.

These applications continue to build the foundation for topics that can be studied in fourth year and beyond. Examples of these later topics include groundwater flow through underground aquifers (ENCN442), river flows through culverts and beneath bridges (ENCN442), turbulence (ENCN441) and water hammer in pipes (ENCN446). A full picture of the CNRE fluid curriculum is given in the Appendix.

Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives for this course are given below. Your grade will be based on your demonstrated level of mastery of the learning outcomes.

Each learning objective maps to one of the attributes in the Washington Accord:  an international agreement that stipulates the key learning outcomes for professional degrees in a number of jurisdictions around the world, including New Zealand. You can find the full list of these attributes (WA) at the website  http://www.ieagreements.org/accords/washington/

1 Analyse transitions, hydraulic jumps, uniform flow and gradually varied flow in steady open channel hydraulics.

2 Analyse and design simple pipe networks.

3 Apply principles of groundwater well design including material selection, testing and protection procedures.

4 Explain key hydrological processes that are important from an engineering perspective and apply models to quantify these processes.

5 Analyse problems in fluid mechanics using tools of dimensional and scale analysis. WA1




Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

David Dempsey


Craig McConnochie , Pedro Lee and Markus Pahlow


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
final exam 40%
Lab work 2%
Mid term test 40%
Tutorials 18%

Tutorials play a vital role in your learning process.  They provide an ideal opportunity for you to work through sample problems and seek help from your lecturer and/or teaching assistants.
Weekly tutorial problems are issued for all sections of the course. These must be submitted by the due date indicated on the tutorial handout. They will be marked for attempt only, with zero, half or full credit the possible grades. Solutions will be provided after the due date.

We recognise that unforeseen events can happen, particularly with new illnesses floating around. Therefore, you have the option to drop one tutorial mark without penalty across the entire course. You don’t have to request this, we will simply round your lowest tutorial mark up to full credit.
In addition, you can have up to two days of late submission across all the tutorials, without penalty. This doesn’t have to be requested as an official extension.

The assessment for this paper in comprises weekly tutorials, lab calculations, a mid-semester test, and a final exam.

Invigilated assessment
All of the material on learning objectives 1 and 2 will be examined in the midterm test and this will be worth 40% of your final grade. All of the material on learning objectives 3, 4 and 5 will be examined in the final exam and this will be worth 40% of your final grade. Hence, the total invigilated assessment is 80%.

1. You cannot pass this course unless you achieve a mark of at least 40% in each of the mid-semester test and the final exam.
2. All assignments must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted. If you are unable to complete and submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond your control, you should discuss this with the lecturer involved as soon as possible.
3. In the case of an emergency that affects the whole course, the Course Coordinator, in consultation with the Dean, may change the nature, weighting and timing of assessments, e.g. tests and examination may be replaced with assignments of the same weight or different weight at a different time and/or date (which, under certain circumstances, may be outside the prescribed course dates). The ‘Special Consideration’ process will also be used for unforeseen circumstances that adversely affect the academic performance of students individually. The usual grounds for this are described in the UC policy ‘Special Consideration Procedures and Guidelines’, and personal circumstances due to a wider emergency event may also qualify.

Attendance at the Laboratory is compulsory and you will not be eligible to take the midterm test unless you have done so.

Submission of calculations based on the laboratory work is worth 2% of your final grade.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Assessment Item Academic Remedy
Midterm Test
Serious/Severe Impact: Students will be offered an equivalent alternative test that will replace their original test mark.
Moderate Impact:  A derived mark based on performance relative to the class on all assessment items will apply.

Tutorials:   There is an automatic extension policy allowing students to drop any one tutorial, without notification or penalty.

Final Exam   Serious/Severe Impact:

Students will be offered an equivalent alternative exam that will replace their original exam mark. This exam will be held in the week immediately following the exam period.

Moderate Impact: A derived mark based on performance relative to the class on all assessment items will apply.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,002.00

International fee $5,625.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCN342 Occurrences

  • ENCN342-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022