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SCN1037420, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HYDROLOGY AND HYDRAULICS
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO SCOTTON GEO/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ICAR/02 Maritime Hydraulic Construction and Hydrology 3.0
Core courses GEO/05 Applied Geology 3.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 24 26.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and statistics.
Target skills and knowledge: With this course, the student acquires the basic knowledge of hydrology directed to the study of river basins: the statistics needed for analysis of hydrological variables, the methods of transformation of inflows (precipitation) into outflows (discharge), the uniform and steady state motion hydraulics in a water course.
Examination methods: Oral examination following the delivery to the teacher of technical reports elaborated after the exercises carried out in the classroom.
Assessment criteria: The degree of preparation of the student is assessed on the basis of the quality of the technical reports prepared by the student after the exercises carried out in the classroom and presented to the teacher before the oral examination. The oral examination is aimed at highlighting the understanding and the ability to apply the topics covered.
The final score is determined by the average of the grades assigned to the technical reports and the oral exam.
Course unit contents: The first part of the course is devoted to the analysis of hydrological variables and statistical methods needed to establish the depth-duration-frequency curve. The notion of moments of the population of a statistical variable, of probability function and of probability function density are treated. Some of the fundamental probability distributions for hydrological analysis are described: normal, lognormal, exponential, double exponential. The basic properties of the population and of a sample of a statistical variable are described. Some of the methods used in hydrology to characterize a sample by a probability function are described and some of the acceptance tests of the hypothesis are faced. Then the properties of a hydrological watershed are described: Horton laws, direct and indirect classification, shape factors, separation of precipitation between surface runoff and infiltration. Finally, the main rainfall-runoff models are presented: the cinematic model, the linear reservoir model, a geomorphological model.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - lectures;
- study of the topics covered in the classroom through application examples;
- preparation of technical reports on the topics discussed in the classroom application.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teaching material available online from the following link: or delivered by the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Maione, U., Moisello, U., Appunti di Idrologia, Introduzione alle elaborazioni statistiche. --: Edizioni La Gogliardica Pavese, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ghetti, A., Idraulica. Padova: Edizioni Cortina, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Reflective writing
  • Software developed and supplied by the teacher for the transformation of rainfall in runoff.

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • From the mathematical model of the trasformation of inflows into outflows to a c++ code.