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Academic Year/course: 2017/18

423 - Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering

Syllabus Information

Academic Year:
28755 - Extension of Surface Hydrology
Faculty / School:
175 - Escuela Universitaria Politécnica de La Almunia
423 - Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering
First semester
Subject Type:

5.1. Methodological overview

The subject is based on a strong interaction between the professor and the student. This interaction is brought into being through a division of work and responsibilities between the students and the teacher. Nevertheless, it must be taken into account that, to a certain degree, students can set their learning pace based on their own needs and availability, following the guidelines set by the teacher.
The current subject is conceived as a stand-alone combination of contents, yet organized into three fundamental and


The organization of teaching will be carried out using the following steps:

  • Theory Classes: Theoretical activities carried out mainly through exposition by the teacher, where the theoretical supports of the subject are displayed, highlighting the fundamental, structuring them in topics and or sections, interrelating them.
  • Practical Classes: The teacher resolves practical problems or cases for demonstrative purposes. This type of teaching complements the theory shown in the lectures with practical aspects.
  • Laboratory Workshop: The lecture group is divided up into various groups, according to the number of registered students, but never with more than 20 students, in order to make up smaller sized groups.
  • Individual Tutorials: Those carried out giving individual, personalized attention with a teacher from the department. Said tutorials may be in person or online.

5.2. Learning tasks

The programme offered to the student to help them achieve their target results is made up of the following activities. 

Face-to-face generic activities:

  • Theory Classes: The theoretical concepts of the subject are explained and illustrative examples are developed as support to the theory when necessary.
  • Practical Classes: Problems and practical cases are carried out, complementary to the theoretical concepts studied.      
  • Laboratory Workshop: This work is tutored by a teacher, in groups of no more than 20 students.

Generic non-class activities:

  • Study and understanding of the theory taught in the lectures.
  • Understanding and assimilation of the problems and practical cases solved in the practical classes.
  • Preparation of seminars, solutions to proposed problems, etc.
  • Preparation of laboratory workshops, preparation of summaries and reports.
  • Preparation of the written tests for continuous assessment and final exams.

The subject has 6 ECTS credits, which represents 150 hours of student work in the subject during the trimester, in other words, 10 hours per week for 15 weeks of class.

A summary of a weekly timetable guide can be seen in the following table. These figures are obtained from the subject file in the Accreditation Report of the degree, taking into account the level of experimentation considered for the said subject is moderate.


Weekly  school hours



Laboratory Workshop


Other Activities



Nevertheless the previous table can be shown into greater detail, taking into account the following overall distribution:

  • 40 hours of lectures, with 50% theoretical demonstration and 50% solving type problems.
  • 10 hours of laboratory workshop, in 1 or 2 hour sessions.
  • 6 hours of written assessment tests, one hour per test.
  • 4 hours of PPT presentations.
  • 90 hours of personal study, divided up over the 15 weeks of the 2nd semester.

There is a tutorial calendar timetable set by the teacher that can be requested by the students who want a tutorial.

5.3. Syllabus


Topic 1: The Hydrologic Cycle
Topic 2: Precipitation
Topic 3: Hydrological losses

Topic 4: Rainfall-runoff transformation methods
Topic 5: Flow propagation


Excercises and laboratory work
Most of the issues mentioned in the previous section are related to excercises to be dane during the face-to-face classes. Moreover the resolution of a practice based on the HEC-HMS Software is required to be developed at the end of the course.

5.4. Course planning and calendar

Key dates

The dates of the two final exams will be published on the official web page before the class period starting:
Other relevant dates will be communicated by the professor using Moodle platform.

5.5. Bibliography and recommended resources

  • Aparicio Mijares, Francisco Javier. Fundamentos de hidrología de superficie / Francisco Javier Aparicio Mijares . - 11ª reimp. México [etc.]: Limusa, cop. 2002
  • Nanía, Leonardo S.. Ingeniería hidrológica / Leonardo S. Nanía, Manuel Gómez Valentín . - 2ª ed. Granada : Grupo Editorial Universitario, D.L. 2006
  • Gribbin, John E.. Introduction to hydraulics and hydrology with applications for stormwater management / John E. Gribbin, P.E.. - 3rd ed New York [etc.] : Thomson Delmar Learning, cop. 2007
  • Subramanya, K.. Engineering hydrology / K. Subramanya. - 3rd ed McGraw-Hill, ; New Delhi [etc.] :, 2009
  • Chow, Ven Te. Hidrología aplicada / Ven Te Chow, David R. Maidment, Larry W. Mays ; traducción Juan G. Saldarriaga ; revisión técnica Germán R. Santos G. Santafé de Bogotá ; Madrid : McGraw-Hill, imp. 1999