ENNR422-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering

15 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


Management science techniques in water resources. Water resource systems, dams and reservoirs, river engineering, restoration and modelling.

Water is an essential component to all forms of life. In this course we will look at surface and ground water, the supply and demand side, especially in connection to allocation of water resources, engineering solutions in relationship to extreme flows (both high and low) and restoration. Irrigation engineering takes a special place in the field of water resources engineering as it has the potential to bring economic welfare and food security, but also has the potential to be harmful and destructive. Sound knowledge of the underlying principles and fundamentals is required to ensure that both water resources engineering and irrigation engineering are practised in a sustainable manner. This course aims to provide that knowledge and teaches students to understand and criticise risks and benefits in these fields.

Learning Outcomes

This course builds on the knowledge students gained from previous courses, most notably ENCN242 Fluid Mechanics and hydrology, ENCN342 Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics and ENNR320 Integrated Catchment Analysis. The course will advance students' specialised knowledge of water resources engineering and introduce them to the fundamentals and principles of irrigation engineering. Students will be provided with the theoretical and practical knowledge that allows a critical understanding of the fields of water resources and irrigation engineering. Assessment is through problem solving and examinations at the end of each term.

Students develop their skill through applying their knowledge to complex and often unpredictable problems related to the field of water resources and irrigation engineering. These skills are assessed mainly through a group project which has students analysing and criticising existing water resources engineering projects and allows them to develop their own alternative solutions.

Students are required to apply their knowledge and skills learned in this course to a design project. The design allows advanced generic skills and knowledge to be applied into a professional context, in this case a real irrigation project.


ENNR320, ENCN342 or Subject to approval of the Director of Studies

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 101 (15/7-19/8)
Psychology - Sociology 413 (9/9-14/10)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab 29 Jul - 18 Aug
16 Sep - 6 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 121 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:30 - 20:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room 9 Sep - 15 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Markus Pahlow


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 pass 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 repeating the course must undertake all parts of the course

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Hoffman, Glenn J; Design and operation of farm irrigation systems; 2nd ed; American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2007.

Mays, Larry W; Water resources engineering; 2nd; John Wiley, 2011.

• Drainage principles and applications (2nd edition, completely revised) by Ritzema (ed.) ISBN 90 70754 339, this book is available online at: http://www.alterra.wur.nl/NL/publicaties+Alterra/ILRI-publicaties/Downloadable+publications/ it is number 16 on the list

• Crop evapotranspiration - Guidelines for computing crop water requirements - FAO Irrigation and drainage paper 56 by Allen et al. ISBN 92-5-104219-5, this book is available online at: http://www.fao.org/docrep/X0490E/x0490e00.HTM

•  Yield Response to Water – FAO Irrigation and drainage paper No. 33 by Doorenbos & Kassam. This book is available online at: http://www.fao.org/landandwater/aglw/cropwater/parta.stm"

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,080.00

International fee $5,250.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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