Course syllabus

Rainfall Runoff Modelling

VVRN10, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2013-04-15

General Information

Main field: Water Resources.
Elective for: MWLU2, Pi4, Pi4-mrk, V5-vr, W5-vr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course is part of the International Master's programme in Water Resources (WaterLU). It is also an optional course for students of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering ("civilingenjör V, W") specialising in Water Resources and for students of Technical Mathematics ("civilingenjör Pi") specialising in Environment, Risk and Climate. The course deals with the hydrological processes in some detail. The students also gain skills in rainfall/runoff modelling as well as increased knowledge and skills with respect to modelling and project work in a more general sense.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Run-off modelling in rural areas. Hands-on exercises using computer models. Associated topics; rain characteristics, snow melt, melt water movement, water movement in the unsaturated zone, surface run-off, linear reservoir theory, conceptual modelling. Thermo- and hydrodynamics of lakes. Assignments include an essay, rainfall-runoff modelling and lake routing.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Assessment is based on three assignments and a written examination. Marking of assignments is based on both form and content of a written report. For passing grade an oral presentation is also required. The written exam is "closed book" and consists of questions which are mainly open in character. The course grade is a weighted average of the four marked components.


Required prior knowledge: Hydrology : VVR111 or VVR145 or corresponding.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VVR140

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Rolf Larsson,
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