Course descriptions of UAP in Water Resources Engineering based on curriculum of CSU, USA

Course descriptions of Undergraduate Advanced Program in Water Resources Engineering based on curriculum of Colorado State University, USA (CSU)


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Advanced English - Listening Skill 1

To provide students with advanced knowledge of English grammar and at the same time improve students’ language skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing at intermediate level in order that students are able to read documents, to communicate as well as to listen to lectures in English. The content of the course includes: Auxiliary verbs, present tenses, past tenses and future tenses, active and passive voice, types of questions, verb patterns, conditionals, time clauses, modal verbs, and reported speech.


Prerequisites: Basic English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing



Advanced English - Speaking Skill 1





Advanced English - Reading Skill 1





Advanced English - Writing Skill 1



Semesters 2 Year 1








Advanced English - Listening Skill 2

To provide students with skills and strategies for doing exercises in form of TOEFL, train students with these kinds of exercises in order to familiarize students with them serving for the aim of having their output of TOEFL 500 (or IELTS 5.0). The goal of this course is to improve students’ ability to communicate in English including for skill: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It aims to prepare students language contents, strategies and skills to read present, discuss, and write an academic essay.


Prerequisites: Advanced English I (ENGL1011, ENGL1021, ENGL1031, ENGL1041)




Advanced English - Speaking Skill 2





Advanced English - Reading Skill 2





Advanced English - Writing Skill 2






English for Engineering

The course is designed to provide students with strategies and practices of critical reading and critical writing about scientific issues. It includes a lot of reading tasks, presentation and discussion, as well as writing activities, which will help students to critically think about the readings as well as create and develop compositions in a critical way.


Prerequisites: Advanced English I (ENGL1011, ENGL1021, ENGL1031, ENGL1041)

Pre/Co-requisites: Advanced English II

(ENGL1052, ENGL1062, ENGL1072, ENGL1082 )

Semester 1 Year 2






CIVE 102


Introduction CE/EV Engineering

The goal of the course is to help you learn about the Civil Engineering (CIVE) and Environmental Engineering (EnvE) professions. You will learn how to solve problems and how the design process works; you will learn to work in teams and you will be introduced to several tools that will help you throughout your career. These tools include the use of spreadsheets (Excel), PowerPoint, and surveying. This will be accomplished through a guided design project that will incorporate aspects of the Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering professions. For those of you who are majoring in Engineering Science, this course will meet requirements for a freshman seminar. Additionally, the tools that we learn will be useful to you throughout your program and career.



Prerequisites: none


MATH 160


Calculus for Physical Scientists I

To understand the concepts of calculus (explain  “why?” and “what’s going on?”); become proficient with the techniques, calculations, and procedures characteristic of calculus; be able to use techniques from calculus to model “real-world” situations and solve “applied” problems; and be able to write complete, well-organized, logically correct solutions to problems and responses to questions. The content of the course includes: limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration of elementary functions with applications. 


Prerequisites: none


PHY 141


Physics for Scientists and Engineers I          

This course provides students the knowledge of forces, energy, momentum, angular momentum, oscillations, waves, heat, and thermodynamics. (Calculus based).


Prerequisites: Calculus for Physical Scientists I (MATHW2013)


CHEM 111


General Chemistry I

To develop an understanding of fundamental aspects of chemistry and chemical principles; emphasis on structure, bonding, and stoichiometry.



Prerequisites: none


CHEM 112


General Chemistry Laboratory

Laboratory applications of principles covered in CHEM 213.


Pre/Co-requisites: General Chemistry I (CHEMW2014)


Semester 2 Year 2






CIVE 103


Engineering Graphic and comp

To develop an understanding and/or proficiency with tools commonly used by Civil Engineers in daily problem solving endeavors to include:  Excel, Visual Basic, GIS, GPS, Statistics and Auto-Cad. To develop an appreciation of professional topics to include:  Ethics, Respecting others, and professional societies.


Prerequisites: Introduction CE/EV Engineering (CIVE2013)

MATH 161


Calculus for Physical Scientists II

Integration, applications, differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates, series and series of functions.

Inverse Functions, Exponentials and logarithms, Integration, Sequences, Series, 

Power Series and Taylor series, Polar Coordinates, Complex Numbers.


Prerequisites: Calculus for Physical Scientists I (MATHW2013)


PHY 142


Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

To provide the students the knowledge of electricity and magnetism, circuits, light, optics. (Calculus based).


Prerequisites: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (PHYSW2013)


CIVE 260


Engineering Mechanics-Statics

To provide students the knowledge of engineering mechanics – statics including forces using vector notation; static equilibrium of rigid bodies; friction, virtual work, centroids, and moments of inertia.


Prerequisites: Calculus for Physical Scientists I  (MATHW2013


CHEM 113


General Chemistry II

Acid/base equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, solubility, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, selected topics.


Prerequisites: General Chemistry I (CHEMW2014)


Semester 1 Year 3






CIVE 202


Numerical model and Risk Analysis               

This course provides an introduction to numerical modeling including both simulation and optimization modeling using Microsoft Excel. It also introduces basic tools in probability and statistics that are applicable to the analysis of complex systems. The content of the course includes Models and Development of Simulation Models; Data Management; Introduction to Optimization Theory; Solutions to Equations; Programming in Excel with VBA; Elementary probability theory; Descriptive Statistics; Covariance and Correlation; Linear and Non-Linear Regressions.


Prerequisites: Engineering Graphic and comp (CIVE2024)


CIVE 261


Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics

The course aims at introducing engineering students the analysis of dynamic systems for

engineering practice. Students are expected to be able to develop a clear understanding of the basic principles that govern the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies and the ability to use the knowledge in solving real engineering problems. The content of the course includes: Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; concepts of work-energy and impulse-momentum; computer applications; vector notation.


Prerequisites: Engineering Mechanics-Statics (CIVE2034)


MATH 261


Calculus for Physical Scientists III

Vector functions, partial differentiation, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, multiple integrals, line integrals, Green’s theorem and more.


Prerequisites: Calculus for Physical Scientists II (MATHW2024)


MECH 237


Introduction to Thermal Sciences                       

Thermodynamics: Review of Basic Thermodynamic' Principles and Laws, Review of Ideal Gases and Mixtures; Chemical Equilibrium, Thermochemistry and Chemical Reactions; Conduction Heat Transfer; Convection Heat Transfer, Radiation Heat Transfer.


Prerequisites: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I(PHYSC2013), Calculus for Physical Scientists II (MATHW2024)


CO 150


College Composition

Learning, thinking, critical reading, and written communication at a university level. Expository and argumentative writing emphasizing purpose and audience; writing and reading processes; development of ideas; coherence; effective style.

The course requires students to learn and practice the following types of writing:

  1.  Narrative
  2.  Summaries of Texts and Arguments

3. Responses to Texts (Responding to a text and/or the argument advanced in a text by agreeing/disagreeing, reflecting, or analyzing)

4. Syntheses of Texts (Understanding and being able to write about relationships among texts and the arguments made by authors of those texts)

5. Analysis of Text (Critically evaluating arguments and approaches to an issue)

6. Arguments (Advancing an academic position within the context of other positions and supporting it with evidence- a research paper.


Prerequisites: English for Engineering




Civil Engineering Drawing

Helping the engineering and technology student learn the techniques and standard practices of technical graphics so that design ideals can be adequately communicated and produced. The subject concentrates on the concepts and skills necessary to use hand tools. The primary goals of the subject are to show how to graphically represent technical designs, using accepted standard practices; solve technical design problems about basic objects and earth constructions, using traditional tools.


Prerequisites: none


Semester 2 Year 3






CIVE 203


Engineering Sys and Decision Analysis                

Further develops for students understanding of the concepts of numeric and modeling and statistical analysis as applied to civil engineering systems which were introduced by CE 204. The knowledge includes project management, multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), estimation of common statistical distributions, testing of hypotheses, and numerical methods.


Prerequisites: Numerical model and Risk Analysis (CIVE3045)


MATH 340


Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

To provide knowledge: differential Equation Models; First-Order Equations and Applications; Linear Algebra and Linear Systems of Equations; Systems of Differential Equations; Second-Order Linear Equations; The Laplace transform; Nonlinear systems;


Prerequisites: Calculus for Physical Scientists III (MATHW3035)


CIVE 300


Fluid Mechanics

Fluid properties; statics, kinematics, and dynamics of fluid motion including viscous and gravitational effects.

The objectives of this course are to develop for the students an understanding of the fundamental physical principles governing the static and dynamic behavior of fluids; analytical and mathematical skills needed to describe and predict fluid behavior; and an ability to apply fundamental principles and skills to the engineering solution of some practical fluid systems problems.


Prerequisites: Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics (CIVE3055)


CIVE 301


Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (CIVE3076)



CIVE 360


Mechanics of Solids

Offering students fundamental knowledge of stress, strain analysis and evaluate the strength of  structural members under axial loads, twisting couples, bending or combined loading as same as stability of bars subjected to compressed axial loads . At the same time, training them to calculating skills and its application into practice.


Prerequisites: Engineering Mechanics-Statics (CIVE2034)


COMP 300


Advanced Writing

In this course, students explore the rhetorical contexts of academic and public argument by considering a variety of argumentative texts, and learn and practice how to research, write, and revise their own arguments on controversial issues. During the course, students will write assignments that involve summarizing, synthesizing, evaluating, and crafting arguments. Many of these assignments are based on library, field, and Internet research.


Prerequisites: College Composition (COMP2013)


Semester 1 Year 4






CIVE 302


Evaluation of Civil Engineering Materials                                            

Behavior and properties of construction materials, instrumentation, use of statistical tools, material standards, material selection, quality control.

The class addresses construction materials commonly used in civil engineering applications, including their properties, tests and quality control, and basics of their uses. Standards describing these materials and tests to determine their properties are covered. The role of materials, design actions and other common causes of failures are also covered, along with some history of civil engineering/structural design and construction.

Laboratory work on the testing of materials and concrete mix design and technology is a major component of the class, as is report preparation and other aspects of technical communication.


Prerequisites: General Chemistry I, (CHEMW2014), Engineering Sys and Decision Analysis(CIVE3066), Mechanics of Solids   (CIVE3086)


CIVE 401


Hydraulic Engineering

Basic principles of fluid mechanics applied to practical problems in hydraulic engineering.

To introduce students to the basic approach and methods for effective application of fluid mechanics principles in the design and analysis of hydraulic systems.


Prerequisite: Fluid Mechanics (CIVE3076)


CIVE 322


Basic Hydrology

To learn the basic principles and concepts underlying the various components and processes of movement of water through hydrologic cycle, including atmospheric moisture flow, surface runoff, infiltration, and groundwater flow, and how to analyze and quantify such processes. Students will learn a number of hydrologic techniques that are widely used for planning, design, and management of water resources projects such as estimation of extreme flood events using hydrologic statistics and frequency analysis techniques.


Prerequisites: Fluid Mechanics(CIVE3076), Eval. CIVE Material (CIVE4097)


CIVE 367


Structural Analysis

Determination of actions in and deformations of determinate and indeterminate structures.

Study the relationship between deformations & forces within linear elastic structures. Develop techniques for solving this class of problems. Present examples of application of structural analysis in design of innovative structural systems of buildings and structures.


Prerequisites: Mechanics of Solids (CIVE3086)


CIVE 355


Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

The main topics of the course include soil behavior, stress-strain and strength properties, and application to earth pressure, slope and foundation problems.


Prerequisites: Mechanics of Solids (CIVE3086)


CIVE 356


Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory



CIVE 330


Ecological Engineering

Principles of ecological engineering and design of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both. Particular emphasis is placed on application of ecological engineering in the restoration of streams and rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and wetlands, as well as treatment wetlands and mined land reclamation.


Prerequisites: Fluid Mechanics (CIVE3076), General Chemistry II (CHEMW3035)

Semester 2 Year 4






CIVE 402


Senior Design Principles

Design principles of civil engineering systems, nontechnical and economic design considerations, project organization, design project development and presentation.

This course is the seventh of eight courses in the core curriculum civil engineering students. It is the first of a two-course capstone sequence that requires students to undertake a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work, incorporating engineering standards and realistic constraints that include most of the considerations: economic; environmental; sustainability; manufacturability (constructability); ethical; health and safety; social and political. In CE 402, the students learn to write proposals, interact with their clients and work with special consultants (faculty advisors and project sponsors). A portion of the course is devoted to engineering economics and professionalism.


Pre/Co-requisites: Infrastructure and Transportation System (CIVE4107), Basic Hydrology (CIVE4117)


SOCR 240


Introduction to Soil Science                          

Formation, properties, and management of soils emphasizing soil conditions that affect plant growth; Soil Physical Properties, Tillage Systems; Soil Moisture, Irrigation, Drainage, Erosion and Conservation; Soil Organisms and Organic Matter; Soil Classification and Survey; Soil Chemistry; Soil Fertility and Fertilizers.



Prerequisite: General Chemistry I (CHEMW2014)


ECE 204


Introduction to Electrical Engineering            

Electrical Engineering encompasses a large variety of topics and areas of application, ranging from DC and AC electric circuits, to electromagnetics, optics, telecommunications, computers, and power systems, just to name a few.

Considering the breadth of the subject and the shortness of one semester, not everything can be covered, and some choices have to be made. Principal objective of this course is to provide students with general understanding of some of the main areas of electrical engineering. While comprehension at a great depth is not aimed for, it is expected that a successful student will grasp main ideas of circuits, and be able to understand and explain how basic electrical-engineering components, devices, and systems work.

While studying this challenging course, students should have in mind that electrical engineering is a very practical and important subject, which has in the past, and will continue in the future to revolutionize our everyday lives.


Prerequisite: Calculus for Physical Scientists II, (MATHW2024, Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (PHYSW2024)



Engineering Technical electives (I)






Engineering Technical electives (II)




Semester 1 Year 5






CIVE 403


Senior Project Design

Design a project and function on multi-disciplinary teams. Apply knowledge of science and engineering and use the modern techniques and engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Understand of non-technical aspects of economics, finance, professional and ethical responsibility, global and societal context; project organization, design project development and presentation.


Prerequisite: Senior Design Principles (CIVE4148 )


CIVE 440


Nonpoint Source Pollution                          

This course familiarizes students with the nature and extent of NPS problems, the fundamental processes that govern the fate and transport of diffuse pollution, and the design of effective pollution abatement measures.

The main topics include Principles, processes, and control of nonpoint source pollution. Particular emphasis is placed on NPS problems associated with urban runoff, agricultural influences on water quality, and impacts of mining and forestry. Surface and ground water pollution in diverse aquatic systems including stream, river, lake, reservoir, and estuarine environments are considered. Students are exposed to a variety of structural and non-structural management practices.


Prerequisite: Fluid mechanics (CIVE3076) or Basic hydrology(CIVE4117) or Soil science  (CSCR4018)

CIVE 425


Soil and Water Engineering                             

The students will learn principles of soil-water and soil-water-plant relationships and their engineering applications to support useful plant life, with minimum degradation of land and water resources.


Prerequisite: Fluid Mechanics (CIVE3076) Introduction to Soil Science(CSCR4018)

CIVE 514


Hydraulic Structures/Systems

The aim of this course is to develop for the students insight into the basic physical principles that govern the control of flows in hydraulic systems; analytical and mathematical skills needed to describe and predict flow conditions in hydraulic structures, and; an ability to effectively apply these principles and skills to the analysis and design of structures in hydraulic systems.


Prerequisite: Hydraulic Engineering (CIVE4158)




Engineering Technical electives (III)




List of electives course






CIVE 423


Groundwater Engineering

Introduce the fundamentals of subsurface fluid flow and chemical transport; develop an understanding for solving basic hydrogeologic problems; provide an overview of current issues in the field of hydrogeology; and provide a basis for further, applied groundwater coursework.

CE531 is a survey of the geologic and hydrologic factors controlling the occurrence, movement, and development of subsurface water. Applications to groundwater resource development, management, and groundwater contamination are presented.



Prerequisite: Fluid mechanics (CIVE3076)

CIVE 467


Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures          

This course presents the behavior and methods for design and review of the basic reinforced concrete members, especially beams loaded in flexure and shear, columns and beam-columns (including slenderness effects) and introduce some R/C design topics which cannot be covered in detail in CE 316 – torsion, special shear conditions, long columns in unbraced frames, seismic requirements, anchorage and inserts. The use of design aids and programs for member analysis, some design, design checks are introduced. The basic concepts and design principles for several reinforced concrete structural systems are also presented.


Prerequisite: Structural Analysis (CIVE4127)

CIVE 512


Irrigation System Design

To provide an understanding of the soil and water engineering principles which are necessary for the successful implementation of irrigation systems, including selection, design, management and evaluation. The main topics of the course include irrigation performance criteria; design, management and evaluation of surface, sprinkler and trickle irrigation; and selection of irrigation systems.


Prerequisite: Basic Hydrology (CIVE4117) or Soil and Water Engineering (CIVE4189)


CIVE 516


Irrigation Water Control and Measurement

The main objective is to learn fundamentals of hydraulic control concept in open channels, and its application to regulate and measure flow in open-channel water delivery systems. Specifically, students will learn how flow discharge and water level  is controlled in open channel systems, starting from a certain source (storage reservoir or diversion from a river) to its point of use (e.g.: farm lands in case of irrigation systems).

For fair and equitable water distribution among users, we need institutional rules and appropriate hydraulic control structures. Primary focus of this course is the hydraulic design of water control structures that can be used to support a given set of institutional policies and rules. The hydraulic principles are applicable to all canal systems, but the emphasis of this course is on canal systems used for irrigation water delivery and distribution.



Prerequisite: Fluid mechanics (CIVE3076)


SOCR 420


Crop and Soil Management

The objectives of Crop and Soil Management Systems are to: (i) Acquaint the student with the environmental factors affecting crop and soil management; (ii) Examine the impact of environmental factors on crop growth and development; (iii) Examine the influence of environmental factors on soil management; and (iv) Understand the principles of crop and soil management and their application to crop production systems.



Prerequisite: Introduction to Soil Science (CSCR4018)


CIVE 576


Engineering Applications of GIS and GPS

To provide a general understanding of the concepts and applications of Global Positioning Systems and how to use Geographic Information Systems as part of the Planning and Decision Making Process. Also, to apply the concepts of GIS and GPS to engineering application with the emphasis on a case study.


Prerequisite: none


CIVE 544


Water Resources Planning and Management 

The course presents the principles of analysis, decision-making, and problem–solving required in the water area. It focuses on local and global problems, the water industry, water law, water security, natural systems protection, water use efficiency and management tools. Case studies include Vietnam’s water issues as well as high profile cases from around the world. Student presentations add to the diversity of case study topics.


Prerequisite: Basic Hydrology  (CIVE4117)


CIVE 548


Irrigation Management for Water Quality           

The course presents the principles of analysis, decision-making, and problem–solving required in the water area. It focuses on local and global problems, the water industry, water law, water security, natural systems protection, water use efficiency and management tools. Case studies include Vietnam’s water issues as well as high profile cases from around the world. Student presentations add to the diversity of case study topics.


Prerequisite: Soil and Water Engineering (CIVE4189)


CIVE 549


Drainage and Wetland Engineering

The course provide student the knowledge: (i) To gain an understanding of soil water movement, drainage and water table control, the underlying theory and its applications; (ii) To be able to use the above information to investigate, analyze and solve drainage and wetlands problems; (iii) To design drainage and wetlands systems for agricultural and natural resource applications, including surface, subsurface and water table control systems, and removal of pollutants from nonpoint sources.


Prerequisite: Soil and Water Engineering (CIVE4189)


CIVE 525


Water Engineering for International Development

The course focuses on planning and design of small-scale and low-cost drinking water, wastewater, and irrigation systems for rural communities in developing countries.



Prerequisite: Hydraulic Engineering (CIVE4158) or Soil and Water Engineering (CIVE4189)

CIVE 545


Management and Monitoring of Water Quality

Management activities, information needs data analysis protocols, network design and case studies.

A study of society’s efforts to sustain the quality of its water resources via acquisition of appropriate and relevant information about water quality conditions and the use of the information within a water quality management program including case studies.


Prerequisite: Basic Hydrology (CIVE4117)


CIVE 303


Infrastructure and Transportation System

Principles of infrastructure systems, transportation systems, applications of spatial data and GIS, project management and engineering economy.

This core course covers spatial aspects of infrastructure; planning, design, and construction; engineering economics; and project management. Emphasis is on road transportation systems. Specific topics are: review of surveying and mapping, road geometry and introduction to GIS; project planning, development, design, and construction; quality control, and project management; applications of design to site work, built environment, transportation and utilities, and waste management; and engineering economics and project management.


Prerequisites: Eval. CIVE Material (CIVE4097)