Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is an introductory level hydrology course, aimed at developing realistic problem-solving skills. You are expected to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals; illustrate in-depth technical competence; and undertake problem identification, formulation and solution. You will be introduced to two types of approaches, i.e., physical process-based and statistical data-based approaches. This course is designed not only for those who will need practical problem-solving skills but also for those who will study broad water resources engineering at our graduate school.

    Course Objectives
    Students should have general idea about the discipline of hydrology and natural water cycle. In addition, students should understand challenging issues in global environmental problems and importance of advances in hydrological processes.

    Lecture style will be a combination of power-point presentation and white board. Lecture presentation materials and lecture note will be the main materials for studying. Several textbooks listed below will be used as supplementary materials. For Korean students, one of first two textbooks is strongly recommended.

    There will be homeworks and a mini project. Mini project is designed to enhance engineering ability for problem-solving. Required work is beyond that of a typical home work but less than that of a class project.

    Overview, Hydrologic Cycle


    Losses (evapotranspiration, infiltration)

    Subsurface flow

    Streamflow and hydrograph

    Hydrological routing

    Statistical hydrology

    Mid-term exam

    Frequency analysis

    Watershed rainfall-runoff modelling (1) Rational formula

    (2) Unit hydrograph

    (3) RRL method

    (4) Nash's model

    (5) Clark's model


    Final exam

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.