ENGRCEE 176 Hydrology (2016-2017)

ENGRCEE 176 Hydrology

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 176 Hydrology (Credit Units: 4) Elements of the hydrologic cycle including precipitation, infiltration, evapotranspiration, ground water, and runoff. Unit Hydrograph theory and routing methods. Introduction to precipitation/runoff relationship and watershed modeling. Statistical methods and flood frequency analysis. Prerequisite: CEE170 or MAE130A. Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Concurrent with ENGRCEE 276. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0673993373.

Recommended Textbook:

Handouts from instructor.

Soroosh Sorooshian
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Complete a water balance on a watershed.

2. Understand how to obtain, process and use hydrologic data from various sources.

3. Understand measurements techniques of the components of the hydrologic cycle and the associated errors, advantages, and limitations.

4. Understand the significance of global and local precipitation patterns.

5. Use unit hydrographs for engineering applications.

6. Apply standard river and reservoir routing techniques.

Prerequisites by Topic

Basic computing skills. Understanding of fluid mechanics.

Lecture Topics:
  • Elements of the hydrologic cycle. (1 week)
  • Evapotranspiration (1 week)
  • Precipitation (2 weeks)
  • Infiltration & Abstractions (1 week)
  • Peak discharge estimation (1 week)
  • Hydrograph analysis and synthesis (2 weeks)
  • River routing (1 week)
  • Frequency analysis (1 week)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students have the option to complete homeworks using computer applications such as spreadsheets and word processors.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Civil Engineering Major design experience and Environmental Engineering Major design experience.

Design Content Description

The homework and tests are designed to train the students to think about a variety of hydrology-related problems, to show the interconnection between the various components of the hydrologic cycle, and to simulate applications that require a consideration of the uncertainty involved in hydrologic design. In a project assignment students conduct a water balance and understand the constraints put on the problem due to data availability, measurement errors, and uncertainties of predictions and how they impact water resources related design problems. In the context of this design process, students develop skills that constitute design components: analysis and synthesis skills, creative and original thinking, problem-solving when the problem itself and problem constraints are not clearly defined.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 25%
  • Class participation/Quizzes: 10%
  • Midterm Exam: 30%
  • Final Exam: 35%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
November 10, 2014
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr