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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - IDS6246
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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 4/7/14. Required for Global Sustainabilty. APPROVED PENDING confirmation of concurrence. Emailed 5/9/14. Conc confirmed 9/19/14. To Sys 10/1; to SCNS 10/8. Approved effective 2/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-03-18
  2. Department:
  3. College: CS
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Kebreab Ghebremichael
  6. Phone: 8139749061
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: IDS
  9. Number: 6246
  10. Full Title: Water Sensitive Urban Design for Sustainable Communities
  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?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Water Sensitive Urban Design
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Comprehensive introduction to Water Sensitive Urban Design an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses urban water management, management of ecosystem services and urban/landscape design.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  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? Required course for Global Sustainability - Water Concentration
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD in related topics and teaching experience
  29. Objectives: • To introduce students to the concept of water sensitive urban design, green infrastructure systems and ecosystem services.

    • To introduce students to the multiple benefits of water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure systems for stormwater management and flood protection.

    • To explain the general design principles and to provide knowledge and methodology of evaluating, designing, managing and monitoring water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure systems.

  30. Learning Outcomes: After completing this course, the students should be able to:

    • Describe and apply the general design principle of water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure systems.

    • Identify and discuss the benefits of water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure systems.

    • Describe and discuss the whole process of assessment, planning, selection, design, management and monitoring of green infrastructure services.

    • Present and defend, in written and oral formats, a proposal for a water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure systems.

    • Communicate effectively with other professionals on engineering, health, ecological, and social-economic issues of water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure leading to urban, hydrologic and environmental objectives.

  31. Major Topics: Introduction to water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure systems

    1. Water Sensitive Urban Design and Green Infrastructure Systems: The paradigm shift in urban water management and urban planning towards water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure systems is presented. The shortcomings of the current urban water system (urban stream syndrome, flooding, non-point source pollution load, combined sewer overflows) and the need for green infrastructure is presented. A definition of water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure is given and the main design principles are presented (mimic nature, resiliency of natural systems, form follow function, mimic natural water balance etc.). The objectives of the concept of water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure are described.

    2. Understanding Ecosystems: A contemporary ecological understanding of ecosystems is presented (open systems, externally regulated, have dynamics that exhibit multiple trajectories, may have no, transient or multiple successional end points, affected by natural disturbances). Different processes of ecosystems such as giogeochemical cycling or physical and biological processes are presented. It is illustrated how ecosystems include humans and their direct and indirect effects.

    3. Watersheds and Spatial Development: An introduction to the function of watersheds and the impact on water quantity and water quality is given. It is presented how the land use and the vegetation within the watersheds influence water flow and quality. Different spatial development processes in watershed in metropolitan areas and their impact on the performance of the watershed are presented (growth management and conservation of ecosystems, agriculture and deforestation, low impact development of new development sites, green retrofitting of existing urban areas)

    Evaluation of watersheds and ecosystems.

    4. Situation Analysis of Watersheds and Ecosystems: It is presented how to assess watersheds in order to get the information needed to restore, conserve or protect green infrastructure services. This includes the assessment of the diversity, abundance, geographic distribution and condition of semi-natural and natural ecosystems across the watershed. It is presented how to organizing the information mapping including a discussion of sources of information and the use of geographic information systems.

    5. Evaluation of Ecosystem Services: The concept of ecosystems services is presented. The different types of societal benefits, gains and losses in natural systems are discussed. The overall influence of ecosystem services on human well-being is presented.

    Planning and design aspects of green infrastructure

    6. Options for Stormwater BMPs: An overview on green infrastructure options for urban stormwater management on site, sub-basin and watershed level is provided. This will include BMP’s such as bioretention filters, constructed wetlands, ponds, retention basins, infiltration basins, open channels and swales, porous pavement, green roofs, filter strips, raingardens, green streets etc. For each BMP their application space, their function and their impact on water flow and water quality are presented.

    7. Planning and Selection of Stormwater BMPs: Criteria for the selection, ranking and sitting of BMPs are presented. The ability for natural and semi-natural systems to support stormwater management is presented considering the potential for restoration and conserving of green infrastructure. In addition it is discussed when and how more engineered systems such as BMPs should be used to replicate ecosystem functions. Simple tools supporting the assessment and selection of suitable Stormwater BMPs for different locations such as the EPA Stormwater Calculator are presented and applied.

    8. Design of Stormwater BMPs: The actual design of simple BMPs such as infiltration basins or retention basins is presented. This includes the calculation of the urban runoff (using the SCS method as well as the technical design of the BMPs (dimensions etc.). The design is supported by simple assessment tools such as the EPA Stormwater Calculator.

    9. Flood Plain Management and Flood Protection: The role of green infrastructure systems in the area of flood plain management is presented. Beside the impact of different vegetations and land use on the runoff volume on catchment scale and resulting flooding, also different flood protection strategies using softer and green solutions (such as the concept living with water) are presented. Furthermore an outlook on the function and requirements of the national flood insurance program is given.

    10. Landscape Urbanism: It is presented how to combine the provision of green infrastructure (such as BMPs) with concepts of urban and landscape design (form follows functions, ecological mimicry, landscape providing infrastructure function). It is presented how green infrastructure can be part of concept of new urbanism and landscape urbanism. The economic and social values associated with green infrastructure systems are discussed. Example of blue green networks, fluvial parks and green streets programs will be discussed in detail.

    11. Planning Process for Green Infrastructure and Public Policy Development: The planning process for the implementation of green infrastructure system concept is presented. A focus is on how and why to engage with different community members. In addition the opportunities for formal/legal inclusion of green infrastructure systems into city, county, and state planning processes and policies is discussed.

    Management and monitoring of green infrastructure systems

    12. Watershed Management: The need for an integrated perspective on the management of green infrastructure in natural, semi-natural and urban watersheds is presented. It is presented how natural and semi-natural green infrastructure systems have to be managed in order to achieve the desired water flow and water quality outcomes. The development of management objectives and criteria is illustrated. Watershed management strategies are presented based on the case study of the City of Tampa’s Urban Forest Management Plan.

    13. Adaptive Management and Monitoring of Green Infrastructure: The need for monitoring the long-term performance of green infrastructure systems is discussed. Methods and metrics for monitoring vegetation communities, integrity of aquatic biological communities, water quality and flow rates are presented. It is presented how these monitoring information are used as part of adaptive management strategies. These adaptive management strategies, from the field of ecosystem management, promote flexible decision-making that can be adjusted in the face of uncertainties as outcomes from management actions.

    14. Project Presentation: The project is to design a conceptual plan for water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure for a new development site or redevelopment in an existing urban setting. The group project, using real case studies in the Tampa Bay region will be done in teams of 4 to 5 students. The results of the group project will be presented.

  32. Textbooks: 1. Jacqueline Hoyer, Wolfgang Dickhaut, Lukas Kronawitter, Björn Weber, 2011 Water Sensitive Urban Design Principles and Inspiration for Sustainable Stormwater Management in the City of the Future - Manual
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: 1.

    2. National Research Council. (2008). "Urban Stormwater Management in the United States." The National Academies Press: Washington, DC. 3. US EPA (2004). "Stormwater Best Management Practice Design Guide Volume 1 – General Considerations." (PDF) (179 pp, 11.7MB) Publication No. EPA/600/R-04/121 | Abstract

    4. Davis, A. P. (2005). “Green engineering principles promote low impact development,” Environ.

    Sci. Techno., 39 (16), 338A-344A.

    5. Wong, Tony 2006 Water Sensitive Urban Design - the Journey Thus Far Australian Journal of Water Resources Volume 10 Issue 3 (2006)

    6. Julie Donofrioa, Yvana Kuhna, Kerry McWaltera and Mark Winsora 2009 Water-Sensitive Urban Design: An Emerging Model in Sustainable Design and Comprehensive Water-Cycle Management in Environmental Practice / Volume 11 / Issue 03 / , pp 179-189

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Assignment/short paper 20%, Project 30%, Exam 40%, Quizzes 10%
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1 group project, 1 final exam, 2 quizzes, 1 short paper
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: MA in Global Sustainability
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Environmental Science and Policy

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