Department of Civil Engineering

Engineering Hydrology - CE205

Credits : 3

Prerequisites : -

Compulsory/Optional : Compulsory

To introduce the essential components and function of the hydrologic cycle including precipitation, evaporation/evapotranspiration, overland flow and surface storage, groundwater flow and storage, and channel flow and to be able to perform engineering hydrology computations in the analysis of unit hydrograph, routing, frequency analysis, and groundwater flow.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Describe the governing processes of the hydrological cycle including exchange processes between atmosphere and soil surface, surface water runoff, and groundwater.
  2. Formulate hydrological processes in mathematical terms.
  3. Solve problems related to water resources development including groundwater and surface water.
  4. Recognize the limitations of hydrological data.
Course content/Course description
  1. Hydrological processes: Introduction, hydrological processes (precipitation, interception, depression storage, evaporation, transpiration, evapotranspiration, infiltration and stream flow) and their measurement
  2. Hydrograph analysis: Shape and components, effective rainfall, unit hydrograph, synthetic unit hydrograph, instantaneous unit hydrograph, hydrologic storage routing, hydrologic channel routing
  3. Frequency analysis: Recurrence interval, return period, frequency factor method, plotting position method, risk analysis
  4. Groundwater hydrology: Subsurface water, aquifers, Darcy’s law, steady groundwater flow (unidirectional and radial flow), recharge and barrier boundaries; unsteady groundwater flow
Recommended Texts
  1. Subramanya, K 2013, Engineering Hydrology, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited, New Delhi.
  2. Chow, Ven Te, Maidment, DR & Mays, LW 1988 Applied Hydrology, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Singapore.
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures 35
Tutorials 8
Practical -
Assignments 4
Assessment Percentage Marks
Tutorials/Quizzes 20
Mid Semester Examination 30
End-semester 50

Department of Civil Engineering