WATS 6900 §5 - Syllabus
This course provides an introduction to designing Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes. Students design their own LTPBR restoration projects at a site of their choosing.
|Title||Design of Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes|
|Semester(s) Traditionally Offered||Spring|
|Credits:||1.0 Credit hours (1.5 CEU)|
|Schedule Types:||Hybrid Face to Face Lecture|
|Cross-Listed As:||CEWA 5700 (will be WATS/CEWA 5623 in 2022)|
Spring 2021 - Design LTPBR
- Matriculated Students: ST:DES LOWTEC PRCBAS REST RIV - 12083 - WATS 6900 - 005
- Non-Matriculated Students: 26397 - CEWA 5700 - LB4
|Desiging LTPBR||1:30 pm - 3:30 pm||Tuesdays||Zoom||Mar 30, Apr 6, & 13, 2021||Joseph Michael Wheaton (P), Stephen Nicholas Bennett, Scott M Shahverdian|
|Desiging LTPBR||8:30 am - 5:30 pm||Saturday||Field Trip||Apr 10, 2021||Joseph Michael Wheaton (P), Stephen Nicholas Bennett, Scott M Shahverdian|
Outline dates and assignments are all available on Canvas:
Students are expected to watch pre-recorded lectures and complete the reading assignments prior to our class meetings, where those topics will be discussed and exercises completed as a group.
This class meets three times for these discussion sessions:
|3/30/2021||1 & 2||Intro to Design Process; Leading Design with Recovery Potential|
|4/6/2021||3 & 4||Design Standards of Practice @ Complex-Scale ; Learning How to Design @ Structure-Scale|
|4/10/2021||Optional||Design Field Trip|
|4/13/2021||5 & 6||Field Design Documentation ; Designing at Your Own Riverscape|
Students are also invited to an optional, Saturday field trip where they can execute the field-based design process for a real project that will be buillt in the Implementaion course. Beyond that optional field trip, students will be expected to take their own field trip to a real riverscape of their choosing and complete a design assignment.
This course is based on Module 4 of the self-paced materials.
Current USU Tuition for 1 credit. No additional Course Fee. Please register on Banner. Note, tuition for 1 credit varies between $601.21 and $2482.92 per credit based on undergraduate vs. graduate, in-state vs. out-of-state, and total number of credits)
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This introductory course is focused on creating LTPBR designs . By the end of this course, students will:
- Develop familiarity with the core components of LTPBR design process.
- Understand the difference between an engineering-based design process and the LTPBR design process.
- Create a complete low-tech PBR field design for a first phase of restoration in an impaired riverscape.
- Learn how to use a zone of influence to convey design hypotheses assocaited with structural forcing.
- Assess the degree of uplift associated with a design phase (as proportion of recovery potential) and estimate how many phases and how long it should take to achieve full recovery potential.
Associate Professor of Riverscapes,
Office Hours: Wednesday, 12:00 to 13:00 - Zoom Drop-In or By Appointment
Ecologist, Adjunct Professor, Principal2
Office Hours: By Appointment
To get in touch with instructor(s), please use Canvas for communication.
Group Office Hours (Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 via Zoom
The course is organized into a series of modules or topics. Slides (as PDFs), recordings (as YouTube videos), and readings (from textbook or provided PDFs) are the main course materials. Within each module, formative assignments (unassessed) and graded assignments are assigned in Canvas. Assignment weightings, assessment critiera, rubrics (if appropriate) are provided by assignment and in the grade book.
Slides & Handouts
All of course lecture slides and materials are linked from the Canvas page by module and assignment.
WATS 6900 - Intro to LTPBR Course Assignments Module 4 - Design
Slides , Recorded Lectures and Exercises
Mandatory Texts - A hard copy of both the manual and pocket-guide will make your participation in the courses easier, but free digital versions are available below. If you do not have hard copies, please have a PDF open in the background during class.
For the workshop, we rely on the a Design Manual and the Pocket Guide, which free electronic versions are below. Print copies of manual are available for ~ $60 on Amazon or on BookBaby and waterproof versions of the pocket guide can be purchased here.
- Wheaton J.M., Bennett S.N., Bouwes, N., Maestas J.D. and Shahverdian S.M. (Editors). 2019. Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes: Design Manual. Version 1.0. Utah State University Restoration Consortium. Logan, UT. 286 pp. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.19590.63049/2.
- Wheaton JM, Wheaton A, Maestas J, Bennett S, Bouwes N, Shahveridan S, Camp R, Jordan C, Macfarlane W, Portugal E, Weber N. 2019. Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes: Pocket Field Guide. Utah State University Restoration Consortium. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.28222.13123/1.
Course Specific Policies
Evaluation Methods and Criteria
Points are awarded for quize(s) ans assessed assignments as specified in Cavnas. Rubrics are provided.
The following grading standards will be used in this class:
|A||100 % to 93.0%|
|A-||< 93.0 % to 90.0%|
|B+||< 90.0 % to 87.0%|
|B||< 87.0 % to 83.0%|
|B-||< 83.0 % to 80.0%|
|C+||< 80.0 % to 77.0%|
|C||< 77.0 % to 73.0%|
|C-||< 73.0 % to 70.0%|
|D+||< 70.0 % to 67.0%|
|D||< 67.0 % to 60.0%|
|F||< 59.0 % to 0.0%|
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