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Course details

In this course, you will be presented with the basic concepts and techniques needed for watershed analysis and drainage facility design. You will develop basic observation and estimation skills through worksheets, mapwork and a small field project. Fundamental concepts include rainfall intensity, runoff, catchment area, streamflow, infiltration, mass balance, snowmelt, rainfall frequency, and the hydrologic cycle. The streamflow estimation procedures discussed are the rational method and the unit hydrograph.






Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of CIVL 1160 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 68109


Tue Apr 04 - Tue Jul 04 (14 weeks)

  • 14 weeks
  • CRN 68109
  • $883.30
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 04 - Jul 04 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby SW01 Rm. 1021

Yao Hung Lan

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
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  2. Instructional sessions are delivered by industry subject matter expert instructors. This course will run for a total of 14 classes. For more info visit:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental concepts and physical quantities of the hydrologic cycle.
  • Perform a map-based drainage basin analysis.
  • Analyze rainfall, snowmelt, runoff, and stream flow data, and produce useful engineering data products.
  • Apply the Rational Method to storm drainage design.
  • Apply the Unit Hydrograph method to the prediction of design flows in streams and rivers.

Effective as of Winter 2015

Related Programs

Applied Hydrology (CIVL 1160) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Civil Technology
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  2. Civil Technology
    Certificate Part-time


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