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Course module: 202000051
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000051
Credits (ECTS)2.5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact J.F. Schyns
Lecturer J.F. Schyns
Contactperson for the course J.F. Schyns
Academic year2020
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After successful completion of this course the student is able to:
  • Describe and relate basic terms in hydrology, flood protection, water supply and water quality.
  • Draw the water balance of a described system and quantitatively determine the effects of interventions in that system on water flows using numerical and analytical approaches, and the unit-hydrograph method.
  • Estimate the probability of river flooding and describe alternative ways to reduce flood risk and explain their (dis)advantages.
  • Demonstrate the effect of interventions in a river’s cross section on river discharge (Q) and water level (h) using Q-h relations.
  • Estimate water flow through a dam or dike using Darcy’s law, and explain which variables influence this flow.
  • Calculate water shortages and storage requirements for a water supply problem with different water users and demands.
  • Identify, sketch and describe the hydrostatic forces on a dam, test dam stability, and explain how it can be improved.
  • Draw the mass/concentration balance of a described system and quantitatively determine the effects of interventions in that system on water quality (different type of substances, organisms, temperature) using numerical and analytical approaches.
  • Explain the processes involved in sediment transport in a river and estimate transported sediment volumes using empirical formulas.
This is a part of Module 2, Water Management of the Bachelor Civil Engineering. See here for the complete description of this module.

This course gives a first introduction to the field of water management, with a focus on quantitative analysis. We cover the basics of the fields of hydrology, hydrostatics, free surface flow, groundwater flow, water quality, and transport of substances and sediments. You will learn to perform calculations and solve problems for simplified water management problems.
This course contains a series of lectures and work seminars, spread over a period of eight weeks. Every week there is one lecture (2 hours) and one work seminar (also 2 hours). The lectures will provide you with theory, context, and examples. Not all material of the course will be discussed during the lectures; there are several parts you should examine yourself. The work seminars are meant to practice with exercises.

External students who are interested in this elective: please contact

Module 2
Participating study
Bachelor Civil Engineering
Required materials
Course material
Lectures notes ‘Water’ by A.Y. Hoekstra (will be available in UnionShop)
Recommended materials
Supporting materials distributed through Canvas
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Written examination

Written exam, closed-book, a formula sheet will be distributed, which lists the main equations of the course

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