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Watermanagement & Future Cities

This module deals with two subjects:

For Water Management we face global issues regarding water availability and flooding. Therefore society requires engineers with a firm ground in water related topics. Water management is on the cutting edge of large scale, global processes like climate change and drought and local processes like soil water and river flows. You will study the (local) aspects of hydrology and geohydrology. Based on this theoretical knowledge you will develop a computational model for a quantative analysis of a water management issue. Furthermore you will work on an international project regarding a typical water management issue.

For Future Cities we see that the future is challenging the way we build our cities. In this module you will work in interdisciplinary teams on an integral design research for a city district in 2050. You research and design future solutions that enhance the quality of life, cut cities’ carbon emissions and build resilience to extreme weather. You research critical infrastructure services like mobility, energy, food, water and waste and their impact on urban structure and public space.



The expected learning outcomes for water management are given per course:

Kick-off water management

The student has an overview of major topics regarding water management and

knows the structure of the program and the relations between the topics


Advanced Water Management

After finishing this course student can apply the basic principles regarding soil water and surface water in a computational river model. You will be implementing knowledge on soil water and river flows in a basin runoff model coupled with a 1D flow model, You will use this model to analyse river hydrographs and determine river discharges and water levels 


Hydrology and geohydrology

After finishing this course the student understands the basic principles of the water cycle such as evaporation, precipitation and groundwater flows. You will have deeper insight in groundwater hydrology: Understanding and calculating groundwater flows based on the physical and mathematical approaches by, for example, the laws of Bernoulli and Darcy.


Project water management

Students work in teams on a water management related project within a international context. Within the project the students will get to know water policies and the different steps of the design process: Define the problem, collect information, brainstorm and analyse, develop solutions,  present your ideas and receive feedback, improve on your design.


The learning outcomes for Future Cities, per course:


Kick Off Future Cities

Getting to know each other and kicking off the projects and courses in the module. Lectures, excursions, workshops and a welcome party.


Project Future Cities

You will work in an interdisciplinary team of international students on an integral design research for a city district in 2050. You research and design future solutions that enhance the quality of life,

cut cities’ carbon emissions and build resilience to extreme weather.


Lectures & Field Trip Future Cities

In this course you will gain knowledge for your studio project by attending presentations by keynote speakers with expertise in different fields. You will stay in a European city outside the Netherlands for one week to understand, feel and experience that particular city. We will visit interesting projects, exhibitions etc. You will participate in organizing and preparing the field trip.


Intercultural Co-operation

This course helps you to study and work in an interdisciplinary, international environment. You will develop your skills in cross-cultural communication and teamwork. Workshops, assignments and guest lectures.


Professional Skills

You will develop your skills to express yourself in English in a professional and proficient way. Aspects of spoken English such as grammar, fluency, pronunciation and idiom will be central in presentation exercises. Understanding of written English will be developed through reading and writing assignments. 


The student is eligible for this minor with two years of  bachelor studies in civil or environmental engineering and English at B2 level. 


Each course in this minor will have a form of examination like written exams, portfolios, reports, presentations etc. The way of examination per course will be clarified in the study guides.


Introduction to Physical Hydrology, Martin Hendriks, January 2010, ISBN  9780199296842.

Additional readers and information will be supplied. 


The schedule will be available two weeks for advance.