Dr. Noel Bormann

CENG 351 Hydrology

CENG-351: HYDROLOGY, Spring Semester

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This course will require completion of homework, a complete notebook, three mid-term exams, a computer project involving hydrologic design and a final exam as the basis for establishing students' grades. The relative weights for the works evaluated in the class are:

Homework and Notebook 0.20 Mid-term exams 0.45 Project 0.15 Final Exam 0.20

The homework assigned will normally be due at the beginning of the second subsequent class period. Late homework will not be graded. The project will be due at 5:00 on the date indicated, late projects will not be graded except in cases of illness or emergency. I encourage students to stay current in the class work and allocate adequate time to the completion of the project. The texts are: Water Resources Engineering and Computer Applications in Hydraulic Engineering. Both of these texts will also be used in the Water Resources Engineering class and will be useful in your future. Reading the assigned material prior to the lecture will be important to stay current in the class. You will be asked to prepare a notebook that is indexed, with handouts and notes in date order.


This course will introduce the methods of analysis and design for hydrologic systems in typical civil engineering projects. We will address: statistical methods used in hydrologic analysis and design, hydrograph synthesis, flood routing and some water quality issues related to stormwater management. Computer models will be used to evaluate design alternatives to reduce runoff peaks. The broad field of groundwater hydrology will be briefly introduced.

To foster improved communication skills, the results of the design project will be presented in an engineering report and in an oral presentation. The project will also enable students to practice the essential skills of working productively in a group, communicating results to others and scheduling time to complete complex tasks. At the completion of this course, students should be able to make basic hydrologic analysis and evaluate basin modification plans to achieve specific design criteria. Professional issues dealing with ethics and business practices will be discussed along with contemporary news items.


The best way to maximize the quality of education a student receives is for the student to take the initiative. Be involved in classroom discussions, ask pertinent questions and try to identify the principles and concepts that govern the behavior of the system that you are studying. Think. Read. Think about the homework and example problems, do not just try to get the "right" answer. Work together in your groups to get another viewpoint, but each student must contribute and understand the material. Use some time to edit your notes so that concepts discussed become clear.

This is a challenging course, make plans to spend adequate time on it and I will be glad to help you. I always welcome any comments you care to make at any time.