Water Resources Engineering Design (CIEN 560)

Manoj Jha, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering,
North Carolina A & T State University


This is an upper level course for senior undergraduate and graduate students. The mode is fully lecture with a field trip and a design project. Students learn a series of design problems of water resources structures including open channel, reservoir storage, water supply system, and storm and sanitary sewer system. Student work is assessed through a series of assignments and design project report (written and oral presentation).

Course Size:

Course Format:
Lecture only

Institution Type:

Course Context:

This course is not required but popular with students due to the nature of the course. Most of the students are engineering based.

Course Content:

This course involves the application of hydrologic and hydraulic principles in the analysis and design of water resources systems. Topics include rainfall-runoff analysis (design storm, streamflow generation), design of open channel (efficient and natural channel), flood control structures (reservoir, spillway), water distribution systems (demand, pipe flow analysis, Hardy-Cross, pumps), and storm and sanitary sewer systems (design flow, culvert, gutter). Water resources design and modeling tools such as HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, EPANET, and SWMM are also introduced.

Students learn how to analyze and interpret data through basic calculations, graphs and maps, critical thinking, personal judgement in selecting parameters for design, etc.

Course Goals:

  • Students will enhance their knowledge the on global and societal context of water related issues and how engineering is involved for sustainable water resources development.
  • Students will be able to realize the basics of design of water resources engineering structures
  • Students will be able to enhance their skill on critical thinking, group work, report writing, and project presentation

Course Features:

My understanding of geoscience in this course is the inclusion of natural and anthropogenic climate variability/change into the design consideration of water resources structures. I am willing to learn on what else could be integrated to better prepare future water engineers.

Course Philosophy:

This is a design course to equip future civil engineers with knowledge on design skills. It is tailored for water resources engineering related designs. The course include a field trip to wetland and detention pond. I believe this is a very important course for about-to-be engineers.



syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 272kB Feb24 13)

References and Notes:

Larry W. Mays, Water Resources Engineering, 2nd Edition, 2010. John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-46064-1