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Effective: Summer 2013
ENGR 25INTRODUCTION TO FRESH WATER5 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
5 hours lecture. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Be able to do basic calculations related to water quantity, flow, and energy generation from hydropower
  • Have greater insight into how water policy is made and implemented
  • Have practice breaking a complex water problem into important parts, studying the parts, and then reconnecting the parts to better understand the entire problem
  • Be knowledgeable about important water issues in California and beyond
  • Be introduced to cost, financing, and rate-making challenges in the water sector
Description -
Introduction to freshwater resources from multiple scientific and policy perspectives. Review of basic concepts, water issues affecting cities, farms, open space, and multiple-use landscapes are studied. Students will be able to perform basic calculations related to water quantity, flow, and energy generation from hydropower, have greater insight into how water policy is made and implemented, be introduced to cost, financing, and rate-making challenges in the water sector, have practice breaking a complex water problem into important parts and be knowledgeable about important water issues in California and worldwide.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Perform basic calculations related to water quantity, flow, and energy generation from hydropower
  2. Generalize how water policy is made and implemented
  3. Examine cost, financing, and rate-making challenges in the water sector
  4. Separate a complex water problem into important parts, studying the parts, and then reconnecting the parts to better understand the entire problem
  5. Recognize important water issues in California and beyond
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Rainwater harvesting bench kits.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction
    1. Water reliability
    2. Public vs. private water
  2. Water and Open Space
    1. Counting water
    2. Hydrology and Geology
    3. Aquatic Ecology
    4. Freshwater endangered species
    5. Water related diseases
  3. Water and Cities
    1. Water quality
    2. Water supply and Treatment Technologies
    3. Water reuse and desalination
    4. Water finance
    5. Ratemaking
    6. Case Study: San Francisco and Los Angeles
    7. Developing Nation Cities
  4. Water and Agriculture
    1. Water Law
    2. Agricultural Water Technology
    3. Water, culture and society
  5. Water with Multiple Uses
    1. Dams and Hydropower
    2. Climate Change
    3. Links between water and energy
    4. Integrated Water Resources Management
    5. California State Water Project
    6. Chinese Water Development
    7. US-Mexico Water Relations
Methods of Evaluation -
Written assignments, class presentations, midterm, final examination.
Representative Text(s) -
Carle, David. Introduction to Water in California: Updated with a New Preface. London, England: University of California Press, 2009.

Disciplines -
Engineering

 
Method of Instruction -
Class lectures, demonstrations, hands-on project.
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and online articles.
  2. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering reading assignment with extended topic information.
  3. Guest Speakers: Indusctry and faculty speakers covering selected topics.
  4. Final project: hands-on project on harvesting rainwater.