Hydrology and the hydraulics of open channels. Topics include analysis of precipitation, evaporation, infiltration and runoff. Hydrology, frequency and routing of floods. Yield analysis, climate and hydrologic mass balance. Open channel hydraulics including mass, energy and momentum equations. Characterization of steady flow, controls and channel design. Unsteady flow in channels.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Introduce the discipline of hydrology and open channel hydraulics

2. Include laboratory experiments to illustrate key concepts

3. Introduce solution techniques for common problems in hydrology

4. Develop critical thinking skills

5. Generate excitement about the course


  1. Hydrologic cycle
  2. Precipitation and intensity-frequency-duration analysis
  3. Evapotranspiration
  4. Infiltration
  5. Runoff
  6. Energy, mass and momentum equations in open channel hydraulics
  7. Characterization of steady flow
  8. Channel controls
  9. Channel design
  10. Flood frequency analysis
  11. Unsteady flow
  12. Reservoir routing
  13. Rainfall runoff routing

Assumed Knowledge

Fortran programming, basic probability and statistics and elementary engineering fluid mechanics.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written assessments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab reports

Formal Examination: Examination ¿ Formal

Written Assignment: research assignment

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term

Plus informal student consultation time.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term