ENNR422-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 F3 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
22 Feb - 28 Mar
Computer Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab
1 Mar - 28 Mar
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112
15 Mar - 21 Mar
Drop in Class B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
29 Mar - 4 Apr
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room
3 May - 9 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 Psychology - Sociology 411 (3/5-10/5)
Ernest Rutherford 141 (17/5-31/5)
3 May - 6 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 17:30 - 19:30 Ernest Rutherford 140
26 Apr - 2 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tonny de Vries


David Dempsey


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
final exam 35%
Groundwater model design 15%
irrigation design 15%
Test 35%

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.

International Course on Land Drainage; Drainage principles and applications : edited from: Lecture notes of the International Course on Land Drainage; 2nd ed., rev; International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement, 1979 (Book available online at http://www.alterra.wur.nl/NL/publicaties+Alterra/ILRI-publicaties/Downloadable+publications/ it is number 16 on the list).

Mays, Larry; Water Resources Engineering; 2nd; Wiley, 2011.

• Stream Restoration Design (National Engineering Handbook 654) (2007). https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/water/manage/restoration/?cid=stelprdb1044707

• 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



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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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.

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