Irrigation and Drainage (CE429) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Irrigation and Drainage CE429 Elective Courses 3 0 0 3 6
Pre-requisite Course(s)
CE 310 - Hydraulic Engineering
Course Language English
Course Type Elective Courses
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Drill and Practice.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yakup DARAMA
Course Assistants
Course Objectives To understand fundamental requirement and needs of Irrigation and drainage systems, and learn how to design irrigation and drainage canals, pipe and subsurface irrigation and drainage systems by using Conservation of Momentum, Energy and Mass principles
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Students can determine irrigation water requirement by estimating consumptive water use of plants and determine irrigation modules for predetermined plant pattern of irrigation area.
  • Students can determine the amount of irrigation water and design an open canal or pipeline to convey water from the source to the irrigation field and design irrigation network consist of canal or pipe network in the irrigation area.
  • Due to total energy of water diverted from the source, students can determine energy dissipating systems, drop inlet systems inverted syphon aqueduct to calm the flow in the conveyance canal or conveyance pipeline system.
  • Students can learn how to design open canal irrigation system (secondary and tertiary canals) and also how to design sprinkler pipe irrigation system and drip irrigation system by using uniform flow approach in open canals and pipe systems.
  • Students can determine hydraulic parameters for designing open canals for irrigation and drainage for uniform and flows conditions in open channels.
Course Content Determination of irrigation module for the irrigation field, determination of irrigation water discharge, uniform flow in open canals, uniform flow in pipeline, open canal design, pipe irrigation system design.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction :Scope of the Course and Review of development of irrigation system in Turkey Chapter 1
2 Soil and Soil Parameters and soil water:soils under fiels condition, soil parameters, soil water, soil water characteristic curve Chapter 2, 3
3 Plant Water Requirement: Primary measure of water requirement, evapotranspiration and crop water requirement, rooting water extraction Chapter 4
4 Evapotranspiration Prediction: Direct measurement methods, and indirect measurement methods based on energy balance approach Chapter 5
5 Requirement for irrigation: Irrigation efficiencies, and irrigation water quality Chapter 6
6 Irrigation Systems: Design of classical open channel irrigation systems by using uniform flow approach, and design of canalet irrigation system Chapter 7.1, 7.2
7 Irrigation systems: Design operation of methods of classical systems, irrigation distribution methods, and irrigation application methods Chapter 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
8 Closed system Irrigation Methods: Pipe irrigation, Sprinkler irrigation systems, Trickle (drip) Irrigation systems, and subsurface irrigation Chapter 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4
9 Drainage of Irrigated Lands: Surface drainage discharge and drainage canal design, Subsurface drainage discharge and subsurface drainage pipe tile design Chapter 11.1, 11.2


Course Book 1. Introduction to Irrigation and Drainage Engineering,3. Revised Edition,Darama Y., Ankara, 2009
Other Sources 2. Irrigation Principles and Practices, Hansen, V.E., Israelsen O.W., and Stringham G.E. Whiley, 1980,
3. Irrigation and Drainage, Kızılkaya T., State Hydraulic Publication (in Turkish) Ankara, 1988.
4. Applied Water Resources Engineering, 2nd Edition, Yanmaz, M., METU Press. Ankara, 2001
5. Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Tümer, T., METU Civil Eng., Department Water Resources Laboratory Publication No:8, 1978

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 6 20
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 8 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having accumulated knowledge on mathematics, science and engineering and an ability to apply these knowledge to solve Civil engineering problems.
2 Ability to design Civil Engineering systems fulfilling sustainability in environment and manufacturability and economic constraints
3 An ability to differentiate, identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; an ability to select and implement proper analysis, modeling and implementation techniques for the identified engineering problems.
4 An ability to develop a solution based approach and a model for an engineering problem and design and manage an experiment
5 Ability to use modern engineering tools, techniques and facilities in design and other engineering applications
6 Ability to carry out independent research in the field and to report the results of the research effectively and be able to present the research results at scientific meetings.
7 Sufficient oral and written English knowledge to follow scientific conferences in the field and communicate with colleagues.
8 Ability to effectively use knowledge in the field to work in disciplinary/multidisciplinary teams and the skill to lead these teams
9 Consciousness on the necessity of improvement and sustainability as a result of life-long learning,ability for continuous renovation and monitoring the developments on science and technology and awareness on entrepreneurship and innovation
10 Professional and ethical responsibility to gather and interpret data, apply and announce solutions to Civil Engineering problems.
11 An ability to investigate, improve social connections and their conducting norms with a critical view and act to change them when necessary.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 6 5 30
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 10 10
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 20 20
Total Workload 150