SRJC Course Outlines

1/18/2021 7:16:06 PMNRM 85 Course Outline as of Fall 2011

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 85Title:  FRST HYDROL&WTRSHD MGMT  
Full Title:  Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management
Last Reviewed:2/14/2011

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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This course serves as an introduction to forest and wildland hydrology, and the management of resources on a watershed scale.  The material covered will include the fundamental concepts of the hydrologic cycle: precipitation, interception, evaporation, evapotranspiration and runoff, infiltration, and groundwater.  The fundamentals of protection, management, and monitoring watersheds in California will be emphasized.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 and Course Eligibility for MATH 150A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course serves as an introduction to forest and wildland hydrology, and the management of resources on a watershed scale.  The material covered will include the fundamental concepts of the hydrologic cycle: precipitation, interception, evaporation, evapotranspiration and runoff, infiltration, and groundwater.  The fundamentals of protection, management, and monitoring watersheds in California will be emphasized.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 and Course Eligibility for MATH 150A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1999Inactive:Fall 2019
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Define the hydrologic cycle and explain the various processes of the cycle.
2.  Construct a stream hydrograph and analyze its various components.
3.  Inventory and appraise various watershed characteristics such as area, drainage density, relief ratio, circularity ratio, stream order, etc.
4.  Calculate the average precipitation of a drainage basin using various approaches including Theissen polygon method, Isohyetal method, and arithmetic average method.
5.  Recognize and demonstrate runoff and infiltration principles and processes.
6.  Describe the effects of various resource management practices on water yield.
7.  Recognize and discuss important water issues in California.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introduction to Water Resources in California
     a. History of water development.
     b. Regional basis of supply and demand for water.
     c. Conflicts among the different user groups.
     d. State, federal and local water projects in California.
2.  The Hydrologic Cycle, Water and Energy Budgets
     a. Physical processes, storage and transport of water.
     b. Water: physical properties, molecular structure and phases.
     c. Energy exchange and effect on hydrologic functioning.
3.  Atmospheric Precipitation
     a. Types of precipitation: rain, snow, fog.
     b. Measurement: annual amounts, intensity and seasonal variation.
     c. Geographic and topographic variation of precipitation.
     d. Basin precipitation: measurement and analysis, Theissen polygon method, Isohyetal method, and arithmetic average method.
4.  Canopy Interception and Redistribution of Water
     a. Vegetation canopy characteristics and water storage capacity.
     b. Canopy throughfall and stemflow.
     c. Litter interception and potential infiltration.
     d. Evapotranspiration of water.
5.  Infiltration and Runoff
     a. Soil characteristics, vegetation disturbance and effect on infiltration rates.
     b. Surface and subsurface flow of water.
     c. Measurement of water yield, and stream hydrograph construction and analysis.
6.  Measurement of Watershed Characteristics
     a. Basin area, aspect and topographic relief.
     b. Stream order, drainage density, and total length of perennial and intermittent streams.
     c. Streamflow, discharge rates, erosion and sedimentation.
7.  Resource Management Activities and Effect on Water Quality and Quantity
     a. Timber harvesting and log road construction.
     b. Range management and grazing influences.
     c. Wildland fire and cumulative management effects.
8.  Other Aspects of Watershed Management
     a. Flooding and flood control structures.
     b. Snow hydrology.
     c. Watershed restoration and rehabilitation.

Assignments:
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1.  Reading assignments from the text (approximately 15-20 pages per week).
2.  Five field lab reports during the semester, such as measurement of water yield, and stream hydrograph construction, analysis and other watershed characteristics.
3.  Skill demonstration of use of field equipment.
4.  Construction of a river hydrograph.
5.  Design of drainage structures from information gathered in the field.
6.  Mid-term and final.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 50%
Homework problems, river hydrograph, lab reports
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 60%
Class performances, river hydrograph, field work, performance exams, design of drainage structure
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 25%
Midterm and Final: Multiple choice, true/false, matching items, completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Watersheds:  Processes, Assessment and Management, by Paul A. DeBarry.  Wiley, John & Sons, publisher.  2004. (Classic)

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