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Course Proposal Form

for Courses Numbered 0001 – 4999

(Faculty Senate Resolution #04–18, April 2004)

GEOG 4570

ote: Before completing this form, please read the accompanying instructions carefully.

1. Course Prefix and Number: 2. Date:

3. Requested Action (check only one box):


New Course

Revision of Active Course

Revision & Unbanking of a Banked Course

Renumbering of an Existing Course





4. Justification for new course or course revision or renumbering:

  • Satisfies American Meteorological Society’s curriculum recommendation for coursework in applied/specialty meteorology topics.

  • A high priority concern for the state is flooding. Course emphasizes the prediction of freshwater flooding in eastern North Carolina.

  • The enhancement of the instructional programs in atmospheric science was one of the objectives identified in the Department of Geography’s 2006 strategic plan. The present course further serves as a synergistic complement to the department’s existing expertise in geomorphology.

  • This course further develops climate as a component to instructional and research programs at ECU as described under Strategies for Distinction, University Directions, 2000-2005, Goal 2, Objective 3.

  • Data from assessment of student learning outcomes (e.g. senior exit exam) shows deficiencies in the area of climate processes.

  • Course offers interdisciplinary opportunities to students, especially in Geology.

5. Course description exactly as it should appear in the next catalog:

GEOG 4570. Hydrometeorology (3) (S) May not count toward foundations curriculum social science requirement. P: GEOG 2200, 2250; or consent of instructor. Theory and observation of atmospheric processes as they relate to surface hydrology. Emphasis on measurement, prediction, and climatology of precipitation, evapotranspiration and associated hydrologic events, such as flooding.

6. If this is a course revision, briefly describe the requested change:

7. Undergraduate Catalog Page Number from current undergraduate catalog:


8. The Writing Across the Curriculum Committee must approve Writing Intensive

(WI) credit for all courses prior to their consideration by the UCC. If WI credit is

requested, has this course been approved for Writing Intensive (WI) credit?

Yes No

If Yes, will all sections be Writing Intensive (yes/no)?

Yes No

9. Any course requesting Foundations Curriculum credit must be
reviewed by  Academic Standards Committee prior to their consideration by
the UCC. If FC credit has been approved by the ASC, then check the
appropriate box (check at most one), otherwise leave all boxes blank.

English (EN)

Science (SC)

Humanities (HU)

Social Science (SO)

Fine Arts (FA)

Mathematics (MA)

Health (HL)

Exercise (EX)

10. Course Credit:

Lecture Hours




Per Term

Credit Hours






Per Term

Credit Hours





Per Term

Credit Hours





Per Term

Credit Hours





Per Term

Credit Hours


Other (e.g., independent study) Please explain.

Total Credit Hours



11. Anticipated yearly student enrollment:

12. Affected Degrees or Academic Programs:



Catalog Page

Changes in Degree Hours

13. Overlap or Duplication with Affected Units or Programs:


Not Applicable

Applicable (notification and responses from affected units are attached)

14. Approval by the Council for Teacher Education (required for courses affecting

teacher education programs):


Not Applicable

Applicable (CTE has given its approval.)

15. Statements of Support:


Current staff is adequate

Additional staff is needed (describe needs in the box below):


Current facilities are adequate

Additional facilities are needed (describe needs in the box below):


Initial library resources are adequate

Initial resources are needed (in the box below, give a brief explanation and an estimate for the cost of acquisition of required initial resources):


Unit computer resources are adequate

Additional unit computer resources are needed (in the box below, give a brief explanation and an estimate for the cost of acquisition):


ITCS resources are not needed

The following ITCS resources are needed (put a check beside each need):

Mainframe computer system

Statistical services

Network connections

Computer lab for students

Remember to forward email approval from the director of ITCS to UCC.

16. Syllabus – please insert course syllabus below. You must include (a) the

name of the textbook chosen for the course, (b) the course objectives, (c) the

course content outline, and (d) the course assignments and grading plan.



  1. Textbook

Required: Brutsaert, W., Hydrology: An Introduction, Cambridge Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-521-82479-6

Recommended/Reference: Wallace, JM, and Hobbs, PV, Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd ed., Academic Press, 2006. ISBN: 0-12-732951-X.

  1. Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • Explain the fundamental processes of water and energy budgets within and between the atmosphere and the surface.

  • Perform basic calculations and apply theoretically based formulas to estimate hydrometeorologic fluxes.

  • Compute and interpret statistical data of precipitation, evapotranspiration, and streamflow, including depth, duration, frequency analyses and climatologies.

  • Evaluate and discuss current research topics within the field of hydrometeorology, demonstrated through literature reviews and class discussions

  1. Course Content Outline

Topics to Be Covered:

  1. Introduction to the field, review of basic hydrology and meteorology

  2. Moisture and Energy Budgets

  3. Atmospheric Flow and Transport

  4. Precipitation Processes

  5. Precipitation measurement & climatology

  6. Evapotranspiration: Theory and Process

  7. ET measurement, estimation, and climatology

  8. Watershed Characteristics: runoff and streamflow

  9. Hydroclimatology and streamflow statistics

  10. Statistical methods and frequency analyses in hydromet.

  11. Hydrologic modeling in response to precipitation events

  12. Hydrometeorology of Eastern Carolina

  1. Course Assignments and Grading

The course evaluation will be based on assessing the student’s capability to interpret and apply the concepts taught.

Homework Assignments (4) will be assigned to evaluate students understanding of theory and concepts, and their ability to apply techniques to specific estimation or statistical problems. Homework assignments are worth 10% each.

Mid-term Exams (2) consisting of short answer questions addressing theory and concepts, and worked problems similar to homeworks. Exams are worth 15% each.

Journal Article Summaries and Class Participation: Students will read several current journal articles on current research in hydrometeorology to supplement the text and lecture material. Students will review each article in writing and the class will critically discuss the research in a class session. Written summaries are worth 30% total.


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