CE 394K.2 Surface Water Hydrology

Spring 2010



INSTRUCTOR: David R. Maidment

Office: ECJ 8.612

Phone: Campus 471-4620, CRWR 471-0065

E-mail: maidment@mail.utexas.edu

OFFICE HOURS Tuesday and Thursday 2-4PM, ECJ 8.612 

LECTURES: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-2PM, ECJ 5.410

OBJECTIVES: This course is designed to present an advanced understanding of:

  The movement of water through the phases of the hydrologic cycle

  Hydrologic modeling

  Hydrologic statistics

PREREQUISITES: CE 319F and CE 356 or permission of instructor

TEXT: “Applied Hydrology” by Chow, Maidment and Mays, McGraw-Hill, 1988,

REFERENCES “Handbook of Hydrology”, McGraw-Hill, 1993, Ed. by Maidment. Other reading materials will be distributed during the semester.

CLASS FORMAT: Lectures supplemented with outside reading, homework, and exams. 

CLASS OUTLINE: See attached. 

GRADING: Homework = 20%

Midterm Exam = 20%

Oral Term Project = 10%

Written Term Project = 30%

Final Exam = 20%


Grade Ranges will be assigned as follows:

95-100% A

90- 95% A-

87-90 B+

83-87 B

80-83 B-

77-80 C+

73-77 C

70-73 C-


If the class is taken Credit/No Credit, a grade of Credit will be assigned for a score of 80 or above.


Any problems, personal or otherwise, affecting grades should be brought to the instructor's attention. 


HOMEWORK POLICY Homework assignments are due in by 5PM on the day assigned. There is a box outside my door in ECJ 8.6 for turning in assignments after the class hour, if necessary. Homework must be done on clean paper, stapled in the top left corner, have your name in the top right corner, and your name, class and assignment number written on the outside when the homework is folded in half. 

EXAMINATIONS: There will be one 75 minute in class examination and a final examination. Each examination will be closed book, although you will be allowed a 1-page review sheet, and will be given on the date and time indicated. Missed examinations may be made up only if the reason for missing was illness or some other emergency.

EVALUATION: The University Measurement and Evaluation Center forms will be used during the last week of class to evaluate the course and the instructor. 

DISHONESTY: University procedures will be followed in dealing with cases of suspected scholastic dishonesty.

ATTENDANCE: Regular class attendance is expected in accordance with The University's General Information catalog and the College of Engineering policy (see the section on Attendance in the Undergraduate Catalog). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4241 TDD or the College of Engineering Director of Students with Disabilities at 471-4321.

Term Project


The purposes of the term project are:


  1. To enable you to explore in-depth some aspect of hydrology of personal interest to you.
  2. To provide experience in the formulation, execution and presentation of original research, including the proper documentation of a term project.
  3. To make an oral presentation and produce a report in html on the world wide web that will be informative to you and to your classmates.


The steps in carrying out the project are:


  1. Establish a web page. If you don't already have a personal web page, establish one as part of the UT personal webspace. See http://www.utexas.edu/its/services/webpub/ for more information on how to do this.
  2. Prepare a 1-page proposal in html on your website by Thurs Feb 18 specifying the objective of your project and outlining how you plan to go about executing it. Notify the instructor by email that your proposal is available and you will receive a response by email containing an assessment of the scope of work that you propose. After making any revisions in your proposal that seem necessary in the light of this assessment, this proposal defines the scope of your term project.
  3. Prepare a 2 page status report on your project to be posted on your website by Thurs March 25. You are expected to make some progress by mid-semester but the main effort on your term project in the later part of the course once you've learned more about the methods in the course.
  4. Present a final report orally in class near the end of the semester (you will have 15 minutes for your presentation) and present your term paper in html on your web page by the last day of classes (Friday May 7). It is critical that you post your paper by this date because your classmates may need to read your paper in order to complete their final exam.


If you would like to work in a group to pursue a term project, that is fine, but you must carry out a particular section of the project on which you will present your oral and written report.



Key dates are shown in italics in the schedule below.








Tues Jan 19

Introduction to the course, hydrologic cycle


Thurs Jan 21

Hydrologic systems, control volumes, Reynolds Transport Theorem


Tues Jan 26

Mass, momentum and energy in hydrology


Thurs Jan 28

Atmospheric water


Tues Feb 2



Thurs Feb 4

Surface climate and energy balance


Tues Feb 9

Evaporation processes


Thurs Feb 11

Soil water properties


Tues Feb 16

Soil water & infiltration processes


Thurs Feb 18

Soil water balance


Tues Feb 23

Guest lecture


Thurs Feb 25

Streamflow processes


Tues Mar 2

Excess Rainfall and Direct Runoff


Thurs Mar 4

Hydrologic Measurement


Tues Mar 9

Review for Midterm Exam


Thurs Mar 11

Midterm exam


Spring Break!



Tues Mar 23

Watershed response functions


Thurs Mar 25

Unit Hydrograph


Tues Mar 30

Lumped flow routing


Thurs Apr 1

Lumped flow routing


Tues Apr 6

Distributed flow routing


Thurs Apr 8

Distributed flow routing


Tues Apr 13

Probability and statistics in hydrology


Thurs Apr 15

Flood frequency analysis


Tues Apr 20

Flood frequency analysis


Thurs Apr 22

Term Project presentations


Tues Apr 27

Term Project presentations


Thurs Apr 29

Term Project presentations


Tues May 4

Term Project presentations


Thurs May 6

Course instructor evaluation, term project presentations, and review for the final exam