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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP421 Course ID: 3341 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to review the practical application of watershed planning as a tool to manage land, water, and ecosystem resources. Students will explore the public policies and practices of watershed planning by examining case studies in water supply, water quality, drought, floodplain, and storm water management in the U.S. The watershed management curriculum will utilize a multi-disciplinary approach, involving the fields of geography, environmental science, geology, public policy, urban and regional land planning, geographic information systems (GIS) and engineering.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1 Explain the historical context of both simple and complex water issues.
  • LO-2 Explain the natural physical processes of water.
  • LO-3 Define the primary components of water quality.
  • LO-4 Examine the impacts, both positive and negative, that water projects such as dams and irrigation systems have on the surrounding area.
  • LO-5 Describe the water resources management responsibilities of such agencies that exist at the local, state, regional and federal levels.
  • LO-6 Analyze those aspects of the environment that are at risk from water shortages, poor water quality, or water development projects.
  • LO-7 Integrate knowledge of the roles that geography, climate, technology, and population growth play in all aspects of water use.
  • LO-8 Evaluate how water conflicts are resolved around the world.
NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Quizzes 50.00 %
Quiz 1 (Wk 2) 10.00 %
Quiz 2 (Wk 3) 10.00 %
Quiz 3 (Wk 5) 10.00 %
Quiz 4 (Wk 6) 10.00 %
Quiz 5 (Wk 7) 10.00 %
Project Proposal 5.00 %
Final Project Proposal (Wk 4) 5.00 %
Final Project 21.00 %
Final Project (Wk 8) 21.00 %

Required Readings

See the Lessons section of the classroom for additional readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Water Resources in the Built Environment: Management Issues and Solutions - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Booth, Colin
Unit Cost:$114.07
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.