Award: 10 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: 9/09/2013 (Semester 1)

CVEN40620 – Water Resources Engineering 1 (online)


This module is for students in Semester 1 of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course.

What will I study?

  1. Introduction to the Hydrological cycle, the main water stores involved and the fluxes between them.
  2. Hydrometry, how hydrological fluxes are measured.
  3. Quantification of water resources at Global, Continental and National scales
  4. Flood frequency / return period concepts and introduction to annual maximum data analysis for estimating flood risk
  5. Storage-yield relationship for reservoirs for water supply, irrigation and hydropower generation
  6. Hydraulics and habitats – how river flows influence aquatic habitats.
  7. Types of aquifer and factors affecting the recharge and sustainability of aquifers.
  8. Introduction to groundwater protection schemes to prevent contamination of aquifers.

How will I study?

The Water Resources Engineering module will include:
  • Videos and demonstrations by the lecturers
  • Written course notes
  • Spreadsheet calculation examples
  • Online assessed assignments
  • Interactive discussion boards

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. Assessment is by online submission of a series of assignments.
  • Lectures, videos and other online learning materials (throughout the semester): 24 hours
  • Assignments (throughout the semester): 96 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 95 hours

How will I be assessed?

A series of in-semester assignments: 100%

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

  1. Understand the linkages between the various types of water body, the fluxes between them and how they are measured.
  2. Have a basic understanding of the spatial distribution of water resources at a number of scales.
  3. Be able to analyse annual maximum data and estimate flood risk.
  4. Understand how river flows influence aquatic habitat.
  5. Appreciate how the various different types of aquifer material and conditions affect the quantity and purity of groundwater resources.
  6. Specify the main elements of a groundwater protection plan.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Otherwise, there are no pre-requisites for this module, though numerical ability would be desirable.