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 typically offered Fall, Spring, Summer of every year. This course is NOT being offered Spring 2018.

Lesson Units

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


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Grading Policy

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