ENCN347-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Stormwater systems engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


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 and environmental impacts. 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.




Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00 CAPE 113 Teaching Lab
18 Sep - 24 Sep
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 CAPE 113 Teaching Lab
14 Aug - 20 Aug
02 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 CAPE 113 Teaching Lab
14 Aug - 20 Aug
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
11 Sep - 17 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Frances Charters


Hamish Mackey

Research Staff

Alex Ross


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Field assessment and written report 20% Associated with module 3
Exam 30%
Water characterisation lab analysis report 20% To be completed in pairs
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 (P) in the course.

2. Assessment submission: All assignments must be submitted by the due date via Learn electronically. A penalty will be applied to late assignments. The penalty for this course has been set at 4% per day of the course marks available for the item of assessment. i.e. if you submit an assignment that is worth 20% of your course mark more than 5 days late, you would receive 0% for that assessment item. 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. 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.

4. 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/.

5. Special Considerations: Any student who has been impaired by significant exceptional and/or unforeseeable circumstances that have prevented them from completing any major assessment items (worth ≥10%), 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.

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 $1,030.00

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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 245

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCN347 Occurrences

  • ENCN347-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023