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Soil Resources and Watershed Management Program

Degree Program B.Sc in Soil Resources and Watershed Management

Module Title Water Management (MSRWM2071)
Course title /code Water Resources Planning & Management (SRWM2072)
Course credit 5
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48 hrs 10 hrs 12 hrs 20 hrs 45 hrs 135 hrs

Course objective This course is designed for natural resource managers responsible for
and competences planning, developing and implementing water resources projects and
to be acquired programs.
After completing this course, graduates will:
 Explain the situation of water resources at global and national scales
 Have understanding of water system and be able to predict and
describe the impacts that human activities can have on the water
 Be able to name and explain principles, concepts and instruments of
main national and international water legislation and common and
desired institutional and management arrangements
 Carry out water resource demand and supply assessment and
 Be able to model processes of water allocation and use at different
scales, and interpret model outcomes in order to gain an
understanding of problems, trends, causes and effects
 Be able to describe socio-economic concepts that are relevant for
water resources planning and management
 Understand the need for water legislation, and become familiar with
the most appropriate institutional and management arrangements for
integrated water resources management.
 Explain the concept of master plan
 Describe the legal aspects of water resource planning in Ethiopia
Course Defining water resource of the globe: Water resources of the world,
Description/conten Evaluation of water resources potential and utilization and water resource
t in Ethiopia; uses of water resources (consumptive/non-consumptive;
single and multiple purpose uses, compatibility of different uses),
Management of water supplies and demands, Estimating future water
supplies and demands and its uncertainty, allocation of available water
resources; The concepts, applications, and tools of systems analysis for
the problems of water resources planning and management; Optimization
techniques: linear programming (graphical method, simplex method, Big-
MMethod). Water management policies at different levels: on the national
level, on hydrologic basins’ level, and farm level. Water resources
planning and management models: Water resources project formulation,
feasibility and design. Concept of master plan: Legal, administrative and
institutional aspects of water resource planning in Ethiopia
Course status Compulsory
Week Date Topic and sub topic Reference
1  Introduction
 Type of Water Resources Water Resource
 definition of water resource
 why water resource management?
 water resources of the world
 Water Resources
 Potential and Utilization in Ethiopia
 water resources potential of Ethiopia
 water resource utilization of Ethiopia
 Water Balance
 hydrologic cycle
 water balance of the world
 water balance of a water shed
 Water resource development and
 purpose of water resource
development and management
 challenges of water resource
development and management
2 Water resources
 Water resource management principles
 philosophical foundation management, Neil
 sustainable development s. Grigg.
 main water resource management
(page 6 - 26)

 Integrated water resource management

 definition of integrated water
resources management -Water resources
 use of IWRM systems 2nd
 Water resource planning
 definition of planning edition, Subhash et
 water resource planning objectives al.
 general process of water resource
(page 2 – 4, 11 - 22)
3  levels of planning
 tasks for water resource planning

 Types of Consumptive & non- Water resources

consumptive uses of water systems 2nd edition,
 consumptive uses
 non-consumptive uses Subhash et al.
 Single & multipurpose water uses (page 16 - 18)
 single purpose use
 multipurpose uses
 Compatibility of Water uses

 System concept in water resource

planning & management
 water resource systems
4  types of systems in water resource
planning and management
 System Analysis
 definition of system analysis
 steps of system analysis
 phases of system design
 optimum system design

 Optimization
 definition of optimization
 use of optimization
 linear programming
5  requirements of linear programming Water resources
 formulation of linear programming
systems 2nd dition,
 solution of linear programming Subhash et al. (page 6
problems - 9, Chapter 4)

Applications of system analysis

Reservoir sizing
Reservoir operation

 Water Resource Management Policy

6-8  policy at national Level
 Policy at basins Level
 Policy at farm Level Water resources
systems 2nd edition,

 Water resource Planning & Management Subhash et al.

Models (Chapter 4)
 definition of model
 use of models in water resource
 planning and management
 building a model

 Water Resources Feasibility and

9 - 10 design
 Concept of master plan

 Water Resource Planning in Ethiopia

 Legal & Administrative Aspects
 Institutional aspects
11 Water resources
management, Neil
s. Grigg.
(page 143 - 162))
12 - 13


15 – 16

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture, discussion, individual work, problem solving, project work
Assessment Test results, project works, and observation of presentations
 Assessment 1 :- Population Forecasting
 Applying different population forecasting methods students
will estimate
 Populations and use this results to demonstrate water resource
demands of communities.
 Assignment 2:- Reading & presenting different papers on water
resource planning & management.

Papers will be provided by the teachers and students will be expected

to understand the papers and present them in class
Assignments Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Presentation 10%
project work 10%
Final-exam 50%
Assessment Final exam week 16
Course Expectation Preparedness and participation: both students and the teacher
should be prepared since education is an interactive process. Students
should be active participants in the teaching- learning process. They
should be interested to the course and come to class with the necessary
materials such as exercise books and pen. In addition, they should to
take responsibility in their education.
Teachers are also expected be prepared and interested to the course,
which they are offering. They have to consult the essential materials a
head of time and try share their knowledge in an efficient and effective
Material availability: reference materials are expected to be available
in the library
Policy Attendance: students should attend at least 75%
Assignments: all students must do all the assignments given
Tests/quizzes: all students must site/take all tests/quizzes given
Cheating/plagiarism: cheating/plagiarism is strictly forbidden. It will
result in disqualification of the course.
Reference Chander & Rajesh Prasad, 2008, Water Resource System, 2nd edition.
Grigg N, McGraw Hill 1996, Water Resource Management principles
regulations and cases. Available at the college library.