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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GLY6573

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1840 2005-09-06
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geology AS 122500
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Mark Rains 43310

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GLY 6573 Fluvial Hydrology & Geomorphology

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Fluvial Processes
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    MAC 2311 Calculus I or the equivalent.


    Course Description

    The course covers covers the mechanics of open channel flows, primarily to understand the potential energy available to do work, and the geomorphic responses to work, including channel initiation, sediment transport, and channel adjustment.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The USF Department of Geology is striving to be the first choice for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in environmental geology. The hydrologic sciences are a critical component of environmental geology, a fact that is increasingly tru

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The student demand is solid. The students come from geology, engineering, and the public/private sectors.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    This course has been taught once. On that occasion, there were 10 students from Geology and Civil & Environmental Engineering. The course served Geology students studying hydrogeology and coastal processes, and Civil & Environmental Engineering students

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    A PhD in hydrology, geomorphology, environmental engineering, or an equivalent.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The primary objective of this course is to teach students to understand the fluvial forces shaping the terrestrial earth's surface.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to understand and quantify the forces in open-channel flows, and to understand and quantify the geomorphic responses to the forces acting in open-channel flows.

    C. Major Topics

    Drainage Network Analysis

    Hillslope Hydrology

    Channel Initiation & Extension

    Forces Acting on Water


    Bed Erosion

    Bank Erosion

    Sediment Transport & Deposition

    Channel Classification

    Dominant, Effective, & Bankfull Discharge

    Adjustment of Channel Form


    D. Textbooks

    Knighton, D. 1998. Fluvial Forms & Processes. Oxford University Press, New York, New York, USA.

    Also, some peer-rviewed papers from a variety of journals.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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