University of Florida

ABE 3212C
Land and Water Resource Engineering

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 4

Introduction to hydrology, flow through porous media, flood routing, grade control structures, erosion control, irrigation and drainage.


Co-requisites: MAP 2302 or EGM 3311 & EG classification.

Course Objectives

  • Gain the fundamental knowledge of the various components of the hydrologic cycle.
  • Use engineering principles to analyze and interpret rainfall-runoff data.
  • Design vegetated and non-vegetated waterways.
  • Utilize current computer and software to analyze runoff hydrographs and design appropriate outflow devices and retention ponds.
  • Gain knowledge of the land and water resources field as it relates to societal issues both locally and globally.

Contributions of Course to Meeting the Professional Component for ABET

This course contributes 4 credit hours toward meeting the minimum 48 credit hours of Engineering Topics in the basic-level curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Engineering.

Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes

From the list of (a) through (k) program outcomes listed below, this course addresses the following (a), (b), (c), (e), (g), (h), (j) and (k).

ABET Program Outcomes

  • (a) Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • (b) Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • (c) Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • (d) Function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • (e) Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • (f) Understand professional and ethical responsibilities
  • (g) Communicate effectively
  • (h) Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • (i) Recognize the need for, and engage in life long learning
  • (j) Understand contemporary engineering issues
  • (k) Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena
Office Location: 287 Frazier Rogers Hall
Telephone: (352) 392-1864 x287
E-Mail: (Use Sakai email for class correspondence)
Class web site (Sakai):
Office hours:  immediately after class and by appointment.

Dr. David A. Kaplan (Lecturer)
Office Location: 318 Newins Ziegler Hall
Telephone: (352) 846-0829
E-Mail: (Use Sakai email for class correspondence)
Class web site (Sakai):
Office hours: TBD

 Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

Textbook Required

R.L. Huffman, D.D. Fangmeier, W.J. Elliot, S.R. Workman, G.O. Schwab. 2011. Soil and water conservation engineering. 6th Edition. ISBN: 1892769794. ASABE Publications: St. Joseph.

Recommended Reading

Class notes and material on Sakai  

Course Outline

  1. Introduction (1.1-1.10)
    1. Water resources & the environment
    2. Flood control
    3. Drainage and Irrigation
    4. Soil erosion
    5. Future challenges
  2. Hydrologic principles (Ch. 1)
  3. Atmospheric processes (Ch. 3)
    1. Precipitation measurement
    2. Rainfall intensity duration and frequency
    3. Hydrologic frequency analysis
    4. Storm classification
    5. Evaporation from water surfaces
    6. Evapotranspiration
  4. Soil Water Hydrology (Ch. 4-5)
    1. Soils and Infiltration
    2. Soil water – hydrostatics
    3. Soil water – hydrodynamics
    4. Infiltration
  5. Surface Water Hydrology (Ch. 5)
    1. Runoff
    2. Rational method
    3. Natural Resources Conservation Service method
    4. Hydrographs
  6. Water erosion/erosion control (Ch. 7)
    1. Factors influencing water erosion
    2. Types of water erosion
    3. Predicting water erosion
    4. Water erosion control
  7. EXAM 1

  8. Open channels and control structures (Ch. 6)
    1. Channel capacity and Cross section
    2. Velocity and Water surface profiles
    3. Function of water control structures
  9. Conservation structures (Ch. 9)
    1. Types of water control structures
    2. Temporary and permanent structures
    3. Functional requirements
    4. Design features
  10. Vegetation Practices (Ch. 8)
    1. Vegetated waterways
    2. Vegetative filter strips
  11. Headwater flood control (9.27-9.34)
    1. Flood routing
  12. Water quality and wetlands (Ch. 2 & 12)

  13. Final Project Due last day of classes

Attendance and Expectations

Attending class will be necessary to satisfactorily complete this course. It is very important to attend class and take good notes. Quizzes will be given randomly. Students must be in class promptly when it starts to take a quiz. A missed quiz will not be made up.


A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit:


Quizzes, Student Topics, and Career Fair


HW Problem sets and Labs


Exams (2, each 14%)


Final project







Quizzes: Quizzes—both announced and unannounced—will be given periodically to test concepts presented in class. 

Student Topics: The goal of this assignment is to allow students to explore a specific topic of interest and share their findings with their peers.  Each student will chose one topic related to land and water resources engineering to present to the class.  Students may present on any topic they wish, however the presentation must reference a recent (less than 1-year old) source (e.g., a scientific journal article, newspaper article, website, or other media source).  

Each week, one student will present his or her topic to the class.  Students will have a maximum of 15 minutes (5 min presentation +10 minutes group discussion) to present their topics using any resources they wish (handouts, PowerPoint slides, movie, etc.).  Students will summarize the topic, explain how it relates to land and water resources engineering, and describe how the concepts learned land and water resources engineering concepts can be applied to the topic.  The assignment will be graded assigned based on the choice of an appropriate topic and presentation.

Career Fair: Students will attend the UF Career Resource Center’s Career Showcase on January 25th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and talk to at least two employers.  After attending, students will write a summary of their experience, including listing which companies they spoke with, describing how they were received, and providing a list of steps to follow to prepare themselves for the job market.  Maximum length of this assignment is one page and the grade will depend on how well the instructions are followed, grammar, and spelling.

Problem Sets and Lab Reports:  These assignments will consist of problem sets from the text and other sources as well as lab reports on experiments performed.  Problem sets will be assigned every one to two weeks.  Think of these as mini-design projects.  THEY COUNT FOR NEARLY HALF YOUR GRADE.  Assignments will be penalized 10% for each business day late beyond the due date.  Assignments turned in after the answers have been returned will NOT receive credit.  You must turn in all assignments to achieve a passing grade in this course. 
Lab Sessions and Field Trips:  The class will meet for every lab session unless otherwise directed by the instructor.  Lab times will consist of demonstrations, experiments, lectures, exams, and field trips.  One to two field trips are being planned to demonstrate some of the concepts discussed in this class.  The actual date(s) of the field trip(s) will be announced in class a week or two in advance.

Exams:  Exams will be in class.  Exam format (i.e. open book, closed book, etc) will be announced prior to the exam date.  A missed exam may not be made up unless arrangements are made PRIOR to the exam.  One exam may consist of a project assignment instead of the in class exam format.

Final Project:  The final project is intended to bring together several major concepts presented in the course such that an engineering design problem can be solved.  The project will be graded on thoroughness, neatness, as well as applicability of the engineering calculations.

Portfolio:  Each student will be required to maintain an electronic portfolio of all work completed.  It would be beneficial but not necessary to include electronic notes.  At the end of the semester, the portfolio will be submitted and graded on completeness and organization.  The portfolio may be submitted in any electronic format such as CD, zip disk, or personal website.

FOR ALL ASSIGNMENTS: Presentation of assignments is extremely important!  All homework and lab reports should be written in a professional manner with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.  Lab reports should be written according to the “Lab Report Rules” discussed at the first lab and posted on WebCT.  Failure to do so will result in significant grade reduction.

All deliverables should be submitted both electronically and in paper.  Electronic documents must be a SINGLE text document (i.e., Word or PDF file) that clearly answers each question and shows the work done to arrive at the answer.  Any relevant graphs, tables, and equations that support your answer must be included (i.e., pasted) in this document and must be numbered, labeled, and captioned appropriately.  If you do not sufficiently explain your work, you will only get partial credit—and no credit for a wrong answer.  You may, and probably should, attach additional material (i.e., well-organized and labeled spreadsheets or other calculations) IN ADDITION to the required text report.

***All assignments must be formatted so that they can be printed on standard 8.5” by 11” paper***

Grading Scale
A >95
A- ≥90 and <94
B+ ≥87 and <90
B ≥83 and <87
B- ≥80 and <83
C+ ≥77 and <80
C ≥74 and <77
C- ≥70 and <74
D+ ≥67 and <70
D ≥64 and <67
E <60

Make-up Exam Policy:  No make-up exams will be given except for valid medical reasons or unless prior arrangements have been made.


Academic Honesty

In 1995 the UF student body enacted an honor code and voluntarily committed itself to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. When students enroll at the university, they commit themselves to the standard drafted and enacted by students.

The Honor Pledge: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."

Students should report any condition that facilitates dishonesty to the instructor, department chair, college dean, Student Honor Council, or Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office.

(Source: 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog)

It is assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as a group project, in writing by the instructor.

This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565,  

Software Use

All faculty, staff and students of the university are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against university policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575,

    Counseling Services
    Groups and Workshops
    Outreach and Consultation
    Self-Help Library
    Training Programs
    Community Provider Database

  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601,