Module 3

Watershed Assessments and Tools (CSUS 842-730)

This module is the third in a series of four courses about watershed management. Watershed Assessments and Tools presents techniques for assessing and predicting physical, chemical, biological and socioeconomic conditions within a watershed, including indicators, water quality monitoring, bio-assessment protocols, and pollutant loading models.

This is a 3 credit virtual university Internet course offered Fall, Spring, Summer of every year.

Lesson Units

Unit 1: Introduction to Watershed Assessments & Tools
Unit 2: What can Technology do for Watershed Assessment and Management?
Unit 3: Predicting Hydrologic, Hydraulic, Water quality, & Sediment Transport Response Using a Modeling Approach
Unit 4: Mechanics and Meanings of Geographic Information Systems
Unit 5: Introduction to Remote Sensing
Unit 6: Reading Contour Maps and Their Applications for Watershed Management
Unit 7: Soil Erosion and Sedimentation
Unit 8: Soil, Runoff, and Agricultural Non Point Source Pollution
Unit 9: Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Techniques Overview
Unit 10: Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Techniques, Part 1
Unit 11: Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Techniques, Part 2
Unit 12: Survey Techniques
Unit 13: Water Quality Indicators & Sampling Protocols


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Grading Policy

Homeworks 30%
Midterm 30%
Final 25%
Webtalk Participation 15%
Total 100%