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Agricultural Systems Management (A S M)

A S M 309 (E R M 309) Measurement & Monitoring of Hydrologic Systems (3) Introduction to measurement and monitoring equipment/techniques commonly used in analyses and design of hydrologic systems.

A S M (E R M) 309 Measurement & Monitoring of Hydrologic Systems (3)

This course will provide students the opportunity to learn and apply basic measurement techniques that serve as critical tools in professional practice in water resources. Mapping development and use serves as a critical aspect of water resources engineering and planning, and a major portion of this course will focus on the fundamentals of surveying and translation of surveyed data into useful maps and engineering drawings. Students will learn the theory that underpins basic surveying and then apply this theory in actual survey practice. Autocad serves as a primary software tool used in engineering design and water resources planning, and students will be afforded opportunities to use Autocad to present and process various watershed- and survey-based data. Geographic information system (GIS) techniques will also be investigated as a tool to process, record, analyze, and display various spatial data commonly used in water resources planning and engineering design. Students will learn the basic techniques and processes used to transfer data between GIS and Autocad, both of which are commonly used in practice. The course will also investigate the instrumentation, techniques, and theory involved in common water resources measurements including weather conditions (which serve as the principle driving conditions in water resources), flow monitoring, basic soil properties, water movement in soils, and water quality sampling and analyses. Students will conduct hands-on exercises that will focus on the use of various instruments and techniques commonly employed to conduct such measurements. Data collected will be processed and analyzed within the context of professional practice case studies. The various aspects of the course will coalesce around the concept of the watershed being the basic unit of water resources analyses and design, and students will experience how various measurement techniques and approaches are necessary tools for practicing professionals. This course will be useful to any undergraduates seeking degrees in a major related to water resources planning, engineering, or technology.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: PHYS 211 orPHYS 250, CHEM 110

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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