ENCN347-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Stormwater systems engineering

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


Interdisciplinary nature of stormwater management. Pollutant characteristics and receiving environments. Water-sensitive design. Erosion management. Engineered treatment systems. Lab and field experiences.

Stormwater systems engineering is a multi-disciplinary area that aims to achieve functional stormwater management (flow, volume and quality control), while integrating broader community and ecological benefits. This course provides an overview of: historic and modern stormwater management practices; pollutant characteristics and receiving environments; management processes and techniques. Applications include engineered treatment systems, water sensitive urban design and erosion management. The course is relevant to both Civil and Natural Resources Engineering students, and includes both lab and field experiences.

Learning Outcomes

1 Explain the key pollutants of concern, their sources and behaviour. Apply to laboratory and field analysis methods.

2 Explain the role of receiving environments (e.g. rural streams, urban streams and estuaries, lakes, groundwater) in stormwater systems.

3 Apply water-sensitive design principles to stormwater management issues.

4 Explain erosion management and control methods.

5 Apply knowledge of stormwater to solving problems associated with engineered stormwater management systems.

6 Explain and experience the diversity of drivers in stormwater management decisions, and the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable system solutions.




Course Coordinator

Frances Charters


Alex Ross and Simone Larcher


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Field assessment and written report 20%
Exam 30%
Water characterisation lab analysis report 20% (associated with Module 2)
Test 30%

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. A student who narrowly fails to achieve 40% in either the test or exam, but who performs very well in the other, may be eligible for a pass.

2. All assignments must be submitted by the due date via Learn electronically. Late submissions will not be accepted. If a student is unable to complete and submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond their control they should discuss this with the lecturer involved as soon as possible.

3. Students are encouraged to discuss assignments, but material submitted for assessment/grading must be based on individual effort only.

4. Dishonest behaviour: It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with the definitions, policies and procedures concerning academic misconduct/dishonest behaviour. Instances of academic misconduct will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner.

5. Students should be familiar with the University’s Course and Examination Regulations. The University of Canterbury’s Policies may be downloaded from the University Calendar at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucpolicy/index.aspx. The Department Code is contained within the Undergraduate Handbook 2020, linked from: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/engineering/schools/cnre/undergraduate-study-options/.

6. 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.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Andrew J. Erickson, Peter T. Weiss, and John S. Gulliver; Optimizing Stormwater Treatment Practices : A Handbook of Assessment and Maintenance ; Springer New York, 2013.

Rossmiller, Ronald Leroy; Stormwater design for sustainable development ; McGraw-Hill Education, 2014.

Thomas H. Cahill; Low impact development and sustainable stormwater management ; John Wiley, 2012.

Thorkild Hvitved-Jacobsen, Jes Vollertsen, Asbjørn Haaning Nielsen; Urban and highway stormwater pollution : concepts and engineering ; CRC Press/Taylor & Francis,, 2010.

William G. Wilson; Stormwater : A Resource for Scientists, Engineers, and Policy Makers ; University of Chicago Press, 2016.

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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 245

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCN347 Occurrences

  • ENCN347-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022