Hydraulics and Hydrology

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Course Description:
The course introduces the basic theory, engineering, and design technology related to hydrology and drainage areas, storm water runoff, and stream flow analysis. The student is also introduced to the basic theory and engineering design of the hydraulic flow in pipes and in open channel systems. Design concepts, techniques, and illustrations of hydrology and hydraulics are covered.


Course Details


MAC 1114





Required textbooks/ course materials:

Computer Applications In Hydraulic Engineering – W/CD, 7th Edition, Walski, Barnard, Durrans, ISBN: 9780971414167


  • Access to a personal computer and printer
  • Access to Microsoft Office (specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Internet connection


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Program Learning Outcome: Understand basic hydraulic and mechanical problems


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Define storm water management

Describes properties of waters such as cohesion, adhesion, and capillarity

Compute pressure in water at various depths and with varying surfaces

Develop energy grade line and hydraulic grade line for basic systems

Calculate flows through an orifice, over a weir, and under a gate

Identify and compute critical depth in a channel

Analyze an existing culvert for adequacy using inlet and outlet control

Determine peak runoff by the Rational Method and NRCC Method

Compute pipe sizes in a storm sewer design

Make use of various technologies to organize, acquire, and convey information

Communicate with clarity and precision regarding designs and concepts

Demonstrate mastery of computer aided drafting (CAD) by constructing engineering, mechanical, and geometrical drawings.

Demonstrate ability to sketch, letter, and generate line-work to describe various objects. 

Demonstrate ability to read and produce drawings involving orthographic projection, sections, pictorial and auxiliary views.

Demonstrate a wide range of mathematical skills including plane trigonometry, strength of materials, technical, and other engineering problems, including theories learned in engineering mechanics. 

Demonstrate ability to use standard surveying equipment to make measurements and calculations to run a traverse, establish levels, keep notes and produce required drawings.

Demonstrate ability to analyze physical and mechanical properties of soil and concrete. 

Demonstrate ability to solve basic hydraulic problems using the theory of incompressible fluids. 

Demonstrate on-site skills required to establish grades, locate property lines and utilities and produce plots and calculate cut and fill by average-end-area.

Quizzes, Unit Tests, Skills Demonstration and Performance, Projects, Final Exam


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Learning outcomes are determined by measuring the ability of each student to retain the learning objectives of the course. Performance-based methods, such as completion of assigned projects, general knowledge tests, oral and written presentations of assignments, group discussions, observation of mastery of critical skills and analysis of the final product will determine the final grade on this course.


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