ENCN442-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Integrated Surface Water and Groundwater Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Dynamics of interacting surface water and groundwater systems including conceptual and numerical modelling of surface processes, recharge, abstraction, stream-aquifer interactions. Water resource demands and catchment management.

The course comprises three sections on surface water, groundwater and catchment management. Each section is broken down further into a set of modules and each of these will have its own fine-grained learning objectives. Here is the module list together with approximate lecture times spent on each.

Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives for this course address the three sections summarised in the Course Overview. Learning objectives map to one or more 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


The learning objectives are tabulated below.

# Learning objective WA

1 Implement surface water process representations including infrastructure, land use and land cover, and, based on these, develop a surface water model. WA1, WA2, WA5
2 Develop a conceptual model of a groundwater system and use this to adapt a numerical groundwater model. WA1, WA2, WA5
3 Based on #1 and # 2, develop an integrated surface water and groundwater model and examine input data and model parameter uncertainty. WA1, WA2, WA5
4 Discuss the different interactions between surface and groundwater and how these can be impacted. WA7
5 Discuss competing demands on water resources and the purpose of management targets and criteria. Weigh interests of different stakeholders. WA3
6 Develop a catchment management plan and justify choices made to accommodate conflicting priorities. WA3,WA6,WA7


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

David Dempsey


Markus Pahlow and Tom Cochrane


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Surface water modelling assignment 15% Surface water modelling assignment
Midterm test 25% Midterm test
Groundwater modelling assignment 20% Groundwater modelling assignment
Catchment management plan 15% Catchment management plan
Final exam 25% Final exam

The assessment for this paper comprises several design reports (assignments), a mid-semester test and the final exam.

Design reports

There are three of these to be completed, one each for the surface water (15%), groundwater (20%) and catchment management (15%) sections. They are an opportunity to apply the practical modelling skills you have developed during the lectures and tutorials to a specific case study.

In addition to providing a description of the modelling activities, you will also have to submit your code as supporting evidence. Code submissions should be documented appropriately including commenting and a brief readme describing contents and proper operation. Computer code may be analysed using software designed to detect similarities between submissions. Suspicious submissions will be followed up with normal academic integrity processes.

Invigilated assessment

There is a mid-term test and a final exam, both are worth 25%.

Notes for assessments:
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 P (pass grade) in the course.
2. All assignments must be submitted by the due date. 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. It is important to remember that copying another person’s work, and submitting that work as your own is plagiarism. This practice is unethical and may result in disciplinary action being taken against you. For assignments that are done in groups, it is important that all students in the group play an equal role in completing the assessment.
4. Students in this course can apply for aegrotat consideration.

Any student who has been impaired by significant exceptional and/or unforeseeable circumstances that have prevented them from completing any major assessment items, or that have impaired their performance such that the results are not representative of their true level of mastery of the course material, may apply for special consideration through the formal university process. The applicability and academic remedy/action associated with the special consideration process is listed for each assessment item below. Please refer to the University Special Consideration Regulations and Special Consideration Policies and Procedures documents for more information on the acceptable grounds for special consideration and the application process.

Assessment Item
Academic Remedy
Midterm Test
Serious/Severe Impact:
Students will be offered an equivalent alternative test that will replace their original test mark. This test will be held during Week 8 of Semester 1.

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

An extension will be granted for evidence-supported requests. Extensions will typically be for up to one week, but the duration will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students seeking an extension must contact the course coordinator as soon as possible with evidence of their situation, and preferably before the due date

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.
Note: All communication associated with the arrangement of equivalent alternative tests/exams will be conducted using official UC email accounts. The offer to sit an alternative assessment will come with a list of potential dates/times. Students will have a clearly specified amount of time to respond to the offer to sit the alternative assessment and accept one of the listed dates/times. If the offer is declined, the original assessment mark will be used to compute the course grade. Failure to respond in the specified time frame will be interpreted as a declined offer.

Textbooks / Resources

Electronic copies of course materials will be made available through Learn.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* 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 ENCN442 Occurrences

  • ENCN442-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023