Dr. Noel Bormann

CENG 352 Water Resources

CENG-352: Water Resources Engineering, Spring

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This course will use homework assignments, preparation of a complete notebook, three mid-term exams, two computer projects involving hydraulic design and a final exam as the basis for establishing students grades. The relative weights for the works in the class are: Homework and notebook 0.15 Mid-term exams (3) 0.45 Project 1 0.10 Project 2 0.12 Final Exam 0.18

The homework assigned will normally be due at the beginning of the second subsequent class period. Late homework will not be graded. Projects 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 projects. The texts are: Water Resources Engineering and Computer Applications in Hydraulic Engineering. Both of these texts will also be used in the Hydrology class and will be useful in your future.


This course utilizes fundamental concepts from fluid mechanics, probability, and engineering economy in the analysis and design of water resources projects and systems. We will cover the analysis and design of pipelines and pipe networks; hydraulic machinery; fundamentals of open channel flow with rigid boundaries and flood control methods. In the course, contemporary examples and newsworthy issues will be used to foster discussion of water resources in a complex society. In addition, issues of professional responsibility and professional ethics can be approached using case studies and news items.

The principal goals of completing the 2 projects will be to give experience in working in a project team, to foster communication skills and to provide an opportunity for completing design problems with cost considerations, multiple constraints and ambiguous solutions using common technological tools. For each project, an engineering report will be prepared and the results of the project will be presented in an oral presentation in front of an audience. The importance of communication skills and the ability to work productively in a group in engineering practice can not be overstated. Computer software will be used in many problems, WATERCAD, FLOWMASTER, CULVERTMASTER and EXCELL with financial functions will be emphasized. Please organize your homework groups so that at least one member has completed Engineering Economics.


The best way to maximize the quality of your education is for you 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. In this course students will be encouraged to work in teams to complete homework, and in studying for the class. This requires student involvement and responsibility to your colleagues. I will be glad to help you as much as I can, and welcome any comment you care to make about the class at any time.