University of FloridaDepartment of Agricultural & Biological Engineering


ABE 3212C: Land & Water Resources Engineering

Semester: Spring
Credits: 4

Catalog Description

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


Corequisites: MAP 2302 or EGM 3311 and 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.

ABET Accreditation

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 Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Relationship of Course to ABET 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).

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  4. Function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. Understand professional and ethical responsibilities
  7. Communicate effectively
  8. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  9. Recognize the need for, and engage in life long learning
  10. Understand contemporary engineering issues
  11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena
287 Frazier Rogers Hall
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL  32611-0570
(352) 392-1864 x287
(352) 392-4092 (fax)

Use Sakai E-mail for Class Correspondence

Sakai Class website:  (click on Sakai)

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Class Materials

Material/Supply Fees


Required Textbook

  • 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.

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Course Outline


Week Chapters Topics
1 1.1-1.10: Introduction Soil erosion
Flood control
Water resources & the environment
Land use and crop production
Future challenges
2 Ch. 1: Hydrologic Principles
3 Ch. 3: Atmospheric Processes Precipitation measurement
Rainfall intensity duration and frequency
Hydrologic frequency analysis
Storm classification
Rainfall analysis
Evaporation from water surfaces
Methods to predict evapotranspiration
4 Ch. 4-5: Infiltration, Evaporation, and Transpiration Soil water - hydrostatics
Soil hydrodynamics
Predicting infiltration
5 Ch. 5: Runoff Introduction
Rational method
Soil Conservation Service method
Exam 1
6 Ch. 7: Water Erosion and Control Factors influencing water erosion
Types of water erosion
Predicting water erosion
Water erosion control
7 Ch. 6: Open Channels and Control Structures Introduction
Channel capacity
Cross section
Water surface profile
Function of water control structures
8 Ch. 9: Conservation Structures Types of water control structures
Temporary and permanent structures
Functional requirements
Design features
9 Ch. 8.18-8.31: Vegetated Systems Introduction
Vegetated waterways
Vegetative filter strips
Exam 2
10 Ch. 9.27-9.34: Headwater Flood Control Economics
Downstream versus upstream control
Types of floods
Methods of control
Flood routing
11 Ch. 2 & 12: Water Quality and Wetlands Water quality issues
Biological contaminants
Inorganic contaminants
Organic contaminants
Physical contaminants
Wetland definition
Wetland classifications
Wetland hydrology and soil
Final Project Due


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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.

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Grading Scale
A 90-100% C 70-76
B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69
B 80-86 D 60-66
C+ 77-79 F <60

Grading Method Percent
Quizzes/Newspaper 10%
Problem Sets/Labs 42%
Exams (2 equal weight) 28%
Final Project 14%
Portfolio 6%
All work to be submitted via Sakai

Quizzes & Newspaper Articles

Quizzes will be given periodically unannounced or announced to test concepts presented in class. Find an article that relates to Land and Water Engineering/Hydrology in the newspaper each week. Summarize and explain how the article relates to Land and Water Engineering/Hydrology. Give your opinion on the article on how it relates to the profession. Maximum length is one page and the grade will depend on how well the instructions are followed, grammar, and spelling.

Problem Sets & Labs

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 exam covering that material will not receive credit. You must turn in all assignments to achieve a passing grade in this course.

Labs & 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 of the field trip will be announced in class a week or two in advance.


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.


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.

Homework & Lab Reports

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 Sakai. Failure to do so will result in significant grade reduction.

All homework should be submitted as a single text document (i.e., Microsoft Word .doc or Adobe Acrobat .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.

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

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Academic Honesty

All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing themselves to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action. This statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a UF student and to be honest in all work submitted and exams taken in this course and all others.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation.

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Use of Library, Personal References, PC Programs & Electronic Databases

These items are university property and should be utilized with other users in mind. Never remove, mark, modify nor deface resources that do not belong to you. If you're in the habit of underlining text, do it only on your personal copy. It is inconsiderate, costly to others, and dishonest to use common references otherwise.

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

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UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

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This page was last updated on July 13, 2019.