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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GLY6573
Tracking Number - 1840

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-09-06
  2. Department: Geology
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 122500
  5. Contact Person: Mark Rains
  6. Phone: 43310
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GLY
  9. Number: 6573
  10. Full Title: Fluvial Hydrology & Geomorphology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Fluvial Processes
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: MAC 2311 Calculus I or the equivalent.
  23. Corequisites:
  24. 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.

  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. Objectives: The primary objective of this course is to teach students to understand the fluvial forces shaping the terrestrial earth's surface.
  30. 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.
  31. 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


  32. 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.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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