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BAE (Biological and Agricultural Engineering)
376
032297
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
WATERSHED ASSESSMENT AND WATER QUALITY PROTECTION
Wat Assess Qual
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Biological and Agriculture Engineering (11BAE)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Garry L. Grabow
Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2525Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: BAE 371
Corequisite: ST 370
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
?Biological Engineering: Ecological EngineeringRequired
Application of methods to describe and protect quality. Identification of water quality problems based on physical, chemical, and biological species and intended use. Water quality sampling equipment, and sample collection strategies and methods. Macroinvertebrate sampling and interpretation. Presentation of water quality data and information. Identification of structural and non-structural best management practices (BMPs) to mitigate degradation of watersheds and ecological systems.

This course is intended to provide undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills that can be directly applied in their prospective vocations in environmental and ecological engineering.  There are existing gaps in the knowledge and skill set required to integrate fundamentals of environmental and ecological engineering to existing problems related to water quality.  No one existing course integrates the basic fundamentals required to effectively monitor and assess water quality in a watershed context.  Not only will students become knowledgeable about monitoring equipment, but also of monitoring and sampling strategies, and of basic statistical methods and presentation techniques.  This knowledge and application is transferrable to a number of sectors including state and federal agencies, consulting firms, and corporate environmental programs.


This proposed new course will be offered in the second semester of the junior year, subsequent to the proposed sophomore year classes BAE 203 and BAE 204.  In particular, BAE 203 provides a hands-on introduction to some of the topics to be explored more deeply in BAE 376.  The course runs concurrent to the suggested placement within the curriculum of statistics (ST 370) and subsequent to hydraulics (CE 382) thus applying these fundamental courses to environmental and ecological engineering problems.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
GEP Categories

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Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
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US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

At this time of development, this course is not expected to require allocation of additional resources in faculty time, facilities or equipment. Existing resources will be reallocated.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student will be able to:



  • Select and size flow measurement structures

  • Identify critical water quality variables depending upon intended use

  • Use simple models to describe oxygen transfer and nutrient transformations

  • Select appropriate water quality monitoring equipment

  • Present and analyze water quality data for changes and trends


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Homework30%Complete individually
Multiple exams25%Two will be given
Quizzes25%Out of class, administered on WebAssign
Final Exam20%In class
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Precipitation and runoff patterns 1 Week
Water Demand and Use by Sector, peak flow estimation1 Week
Selection and design of weir and flumes1 Week
Current metering and other flow measurement instruments. Rating curves1 Week
Water quality variables by intended use and landscape/land use setting1 Week
Water Quality Equilibria, BOD, Oxygen sag curve, re-aeration1 Week
Groundwater hydraulics, flow nets and flow tubes1 Week
Subsurface flow to streams, piezometers, monitoring well design and installation1 Week
Surface water sampling equipment, water quality sampling techniques, sample preservation1 Week
Biological monitoring and indices1 Week
Human pathogen monitoring, measurement and interpretation1 Week
Descriptive statistics, time series data and interpretation1 Week
Pollutant load estimation and TMDLS1 Week
Structural and non-structural best management practices for water quality protection1 Week
BMPS (cont.) and writing monitoring plans1 Week

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