Introduction to Course

Hydrologic principles involved in the estimation of design flows and design hydrographs for hydraulic structures re covered in this course. Hydrologic cycle and its components, water budget analysis, runoff volume and peak flow estimation, hydrographic analysis, flow frequency analysis, flow routing through channels and reservoirs, and hydrologic design and modeling are some of the topics included in the course

Course objectives

On completion of this course the students will be able to:

1. estimate and analyze components of the hydrologic cycle such as precipitation, evaporation, infiltration and runoff (a, c, e, k)
2. apply water budget analysis (a, c, e)
3. estimate flows and volumes for the design of hydraulic structures (a, c, e, k)
4. route flows through reservoirs and open channels (a, k)
5. apply flow-frequency analysis techniques (a, k)
6. model hydrologic systems (a, e, k)
7. collect literature and critically analyze current hydrologic events (i, j)
8. write reports and make presentations of assignments (i, j)

Alphabets within parentheses refer to program outcomes listed below

Program Outcomes

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
d. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
e. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
g. an ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Computer Usage

Professional versions of software are introduced for open channel flow computations, culvert design, storm sewer design, highway drainage and scour computations.


Homework problems from the textbook and other projects will be assigned and graded. For some topics special problems are assigned from other sources. Three tests and a final will be given. Graduate students will consult with the instructor (not later than the third week) on course related project, journal review or original research taken for graduate credit.


    Undergraduate Student Graduate Student
Homework 15% 10%
3 Tests 60% 45%
Finals 25% 25%
Other     20%

Points corresponding to letter grades will be determined by the instructor based on the class average.

Disability concerns

Any student with disabilities or other special needs is invited to share his/her concerns with the instructor as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to accommodate the concerns.

Academic honesty

All work in this course must be completed in a manner consistent with NDSU Senate Policy, Section 355: Code of Academic Responsibility and Conduct as shown on the university web page, .


Web pages
The United States Geological Survey (USGS)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Natural Resources Conservation Service
North Dakota State Water Commission
US Army Corps of Engineers
North Dakota Geological Survey
Minnesota Geological Survey
USGS Surface Water Resources

Handbook of Applied Hydrology (Ven Te Chow, Ed.)
Water-Resources Engineering (Linsley et al)
Water resources Handbook (Larry Mays)

Handbook of Applied Hydrology (Ven Te Chow, Ed.)
Rainfall Frequency Atlas of the USWB TP 40
National Weather Service Technical Memorandum HYDRO-35
North Dakota Hydrology Manual by NRCS and NDDOT

Technical Journals
Journal of Hydrology
Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Journal of Hydrologic Engineering
Journal of Water Resources Engineering