Module 1

Watershed Concepts (CSUS 452-730)

This is a 3 credit virtual university Internet course typically offered Fall, Spring, Summer of every year. This course is NOT being offered Spring 2018.

Module 1 is the first in a series of four modules (courses) about watershed management. This course will introduce students to the foundations of watershed hydrology and management. There are 13 lesson units (one unit per week). Each unit presents a key concept, followed by descriptions of available data, monitoring and evaluation techniques, and assessment tools pertaining to that concept. At the end of each unit, students must complete an exercise using the unit’s key concepts. In addition, students will have a chance to interact with their classmates by posting their opinions and/or comments through guided questions for each unit. Below you will find a list of the lesson units covered, required text, and grading policy for this module.

Lesson Units

Unit 1: Introduction to Watershed Management

Unit 2: Hydrologic cycle, water balance, precipitation

Unit 3: Soils and Infiltration

Unit 4: Energy Balance and Evapotranspiration

Unit 5: Groundwater

Unit 6: Streamflow and Runoff

Unit 7: Water Quality

Unit 8: Aquatic Ecosystems

Unit 9: Social and Economic Systems

Unit 10: Nonpoint Source Pollution – Rural

Unit 11 Nonpoint Source Pollution – Urban

Unit 12: Legal and Institutional Tools

Unit 13: Watershed Planning Process

Required Text

Hydrology and the Management of Watersheds Kenneth N. Brooks, et. al., Third Edition, Iowa State University Press.

The book can be purchased at several local bookstores or online (e.g., Amazon, Please note that a newer edition (Forth edition) is also available. Required readings are provided for both editions. Course Instructions and other readings are available online through the Desire 2 Learn course.


Dr. Jon Bartholic (

Dr. Saichon Seedang (

Grading Policy

Homeworks 35%
Midterm 25%
Final 25%
Participation 15%
Total 100%