Master Programme in Hydraulic Engineering

Period: January 2015- December 2018


A coarse syllabus for the different subjects has been discussed. The final contents of the sub-jects will be defined during the first year of the project.

Basic courses (22 Credits)

English Language The teaching material help learners review basic grammar items to form the background for learning other skills such as speaking, listening, reading and writing. Learners have a chance to practice the two main kinds of writing exercises named sentence transformation and sentence building. In term of reading, it provides different kinds of reading exercises, such as reading posters, gap filling and answering multiple choice questions based on the reading passage employing different reading skills. The listening section includes listening tasks which are used in B1 exam. For example, learners have to \listen and choose the correct picture or fill in the missing word. In addition, there are various topics for practicing B1 speaking tests. Finally, at the end of the book, there are several complete tests, which enable learners get used to the evaluation test at the end of the term and evaluate their progress. 3 NUOL
Differential Equation and Finite ElementsThe module aims providing knowledge on the Higher Mathematics. Our approach is to keep many new higher-level exercises requiring multistep thinking of the material on higher mathematics; the results of these courses will always be tied to a real physical situation and would be used it on applications of current interest to engineer. 3 NUOL
Research Methodology

In this course students will learn how to carry out qualitative research. This means setting up the rationale for a research project, creating a competent methodology, collecting data, analyzing the data, interpreting the results, and then communicating the results. The assignments and the research project will be used to test the students’ ability to correctly apply the statistical technique and to interpret and report results. Students will be asked to give an oral presentation of the results of their research project and compare their results in class to those obtained by other students.

Writing and Presentation Skills This course aims to develop students’ communication and language skills in order to plan and deliver an effective presentation. Students will be taken systematically through the key stages of giving presentations, from planning and introducing to concluding and handling questions. Presentations will be based on topics found in the readings of English 7 (Media Skills) and research for the presentations will put into practice internet research skills acquired in English 4 (Computer-based Learning Skills). Additionally, students will experience not only how to give an effective presentation, but also how to become an effective listener. Finally, students will practice writing skills with a short essay using the Online Homework Submission and Evaluation System.2 USi
Introduction to Environmental SciencesThis course is an integrated science course covering the topics of the ecology of natural systems, ecosystems, biodiversity, population growth and extinction of genetic resources. It also introduces sources of energy, energy utilization and related environmental issues. Water pollution, air pollution, solid and hazardous wastes due to anthropogenic activity and their impact to environment and human health will also be covered. 3 SIIT

Advanced Hydrology

This course will cover the principles of hydrology and their application to engineering projects, including the hydrologic cycle, measurement and interpretation of hydrologic variables, stochastic hydrology, flood routing and computer simulations in hydrology. 3 USi
Advanced Hydraulics/ Hydromechanics/ Hydraulic MachineryThis course will cover theory and numerical methods for open channel flow and for air-water mixtures. Dynamic similitude and dimensional analysis are also addressed. Turbo machinery with the subjects homologous units, theory of turbo machines, reaction and impulse turbines, pumps and cavitations will also be discussed 3 NUOL
Introduction to Programming This course is designed to equip students with the basic knowledge of developing computer programs to solve problems related to engineering issues. It covers aspects as follows:
- Introduction (the important meaning of computer programming)
- Basics (Data Types, Constants, and Variables; Operations and Functions; The Assignment Statement; Input/output; Program Composition and Format)
- Selective &Repetitive Executions/Loops (Algorithms)
- Programming with Functions
- Programming with Subroutines
- Application to typical examples

Core courses (32 Credits)

River Engineering/ River Morphology This course provides the students a deeper understanding of the properties of rivers and the governing fluvial processes. River models and fluvial hydraulics are addressed. The course will also cover river training techniques and the dimensioning of river structures like revetment, groynes and longitudinal dikes. Materials and elements of structures are discussed. The use of vegetation will also be covered. 3TU Dresden
Economic Assessment of Hydropower Project/Prefeasibility Study in Hydrpower Development Economic design criteria, investment and socio-economic analysis, environmental impact assessment studies and measures for mitigation of unfavorable environmental impacts. The course covers economic analysis and the basis for technical-economical optimization of hydropower plants for planners and project managers of hydropower projects.
The project work covers a pre-feasibility (desk) study for an actual river system which is carried out in groups of 3-4 students.

The students shall through the project work learn how to apply integrated hydropower planning methods. The students shall address technical, economic and environmental issues of a hydropower development of a river basin on a pre-feasibility level, and how to report, present and discuss main findings with a client.
3Work Bank
Eco-HydraulicsThis course gives the students an insight how a riverine ecosystem is functioning. Basic knowledge on macrozoobenthos and fish fauna is covered.  The students learn to assess changes of ecosystems and to develop mitigation measures. Approaches to link requirements of water organisms with hydraulics are addressed. Minimum flow requirements and the design and construction of fish ladder will also be covered. 3 USi

Sediment Transport and Management

Sediment has many effects on river dynamic and hydraulic structures along rivers. The course will provide the key knowledge of theory and practice of sediment transport and management to students:
- The sediment in river and its sources.
- Theory of sediment transportation in river system.
- The advert impacts of the sediment on river change and hydraulic structures.
- The measures for sediment management and practice.
Hydraulic Structures/ Dam EngineeringHydraulic structures are constructions for the purpose of harnessing and use the water resources or for the prevention of negative and destructive actions of water on the surrounding environment. In this course the design, the operation and the maintenance of hydraulic structures like weirs, stilling basins, hydraulic steel constructions, spillways, various type of dams including outlet works are addressed.  Safety aspect and risk management of dams belong also to the content of this course. 3TU Dresden
Concrete-Dam EngineeringThe course covers the basic in dam engineering for civil engineers, including planning and design of concrete and embankment dams, soil mechanics for dams and concrete technology for dams. The students shall know the basic design and construction principles for various types of dams and be able to select type of dam and design and estimate the costs for a dam site after completion of the course.3Work Bank
Software in Hydraulic Engineering(1D,2D and 3D modelling)/ Hydraulic Model Test/Lecture and AssignmentsDescription: Modelling concepts and approaches, methods of solutions, applications to watershed hydrology, river, lake and estuarine flow hydraulics, and groundwater flow.

Objectives: At the end of the course the students should be able to: 1) learn mathematical modelling techniques in water resources systems, 2) available computer models in hydrology and hydraulics, 3) gain exposure and hands-on experience with mathematical models in water resources systems.
Flood protectionFlood and flood protection are very importance for hydraulic structures and social economic development. This course will cover theory and methods for flood protection with the key knowledge as follows:
- Floods and reasons of causing flood on river basins
- The design floods for hydraulic structures including criteria and estimations
- The measures for flood protection and guidance;
- Practical examples in flood protection.
Environmental Impact AssessmentThis course will cover the assessment of various kinds of impact that are possibly arising from development projects such as road construction, power generation, industrial and agricultural production.  Elements of environmental impact assessment reports will also be covered. 3SIIT
Water Power SchemesThis course covers the design, the operation and the maintenance of low head and high head water power plants and pump storage schemes. All appurtenant structures like intakes, canals, forebays, sand traps, penstocks, surge shafts, power houses including turbines are addressed in this course. Economical considerations and impacts to the environment will also be covered.2 TU Dresden
Membrane Based Water Treatment Techniques The students
- know the main theories for the understanding of membrane phenomena
- have studied the most important unit operations of membrane engineering and their applications for water and wastewater treatment
- know membrane desalination techniques and can compare them with thermal desalination
- have knowledge about the function and the operation of membrane bioreactors for effluent treatment.
Water Quality Management This course will provide students with necessary theoretical knowledge of the causes and effects of aquatic system degradation and its impact to health and environment. It will cover physical, chemical and biological characteristics of water, threats to water quality, assessment of water quality, strategies for water pollution control, water quality standards and natural purification process. Factors impacting water quality in lakes, reservoirs, groundwater systems and rivers will also be discussed. 2TU Dresden

Field Trip in Fact (3 Credits)

1Advanced hydraulics/ hydromechanics/ Hydraulic machinery Field trip in fact will be starting after finishing second semester in first academic year (Assoc.Prof.Dr.Khamfeuane SIOUDOM) 1
2River engineering/ River morphology Field trip in fact will be starting after finishing second semester in first academic year (Assoc.Prof.Dr.Amphone VONGXAY)1
3Economic Assessment of Hydropower Projects/
Prefeasibility study in hydropower development

Field trip in fact will be starting before opening the first semester in second academic year (Prof.Dr.Boualinh SOYSOUVANH)


Elective Courses (select two: 4 Credits)

Renewable Energies Students obtained knowledge and understanding of the principles of utilization of some renewable energy resources, which are huge in Lao PDR; conversion technologies and their applications Students are able to provide assessment of potential and feasibilities of some renewable energy resources, such as solar energy, biomass, small hydropower, wind power, and possible utilization approaches. 2NUOL
Pipeline EngineeringThis course will provide students with necessary theoretical knowledge of steady state and transient flow simulation in pipeline systems. Design and operation of pipeline nets and long distance pipelines including the appurtenant components like pipefitting, valves, pumps etc. are discussed. Material selection, corrosion control, wall thickness calculation based on standards, codes and regulations belong also to the content of this course.2NUOL
Geotechnical EngineeringCourse objectiv:
Provide graduate students with advanced knowledge of geotechnics such as geotechnical investigation for the construction, use of geotechnical investigation results to calculate soft soil treatment, foundation and analysis of the stability of slope.
Course description:
This course provides the knowledge relating to: Technology for geotechnical investigation (new methods of geotechnical investigation, laboratory and field testing, geotechnical monitoring), analysis and selection of investigation results to calculate the construction foundation, new technology of soft soil treatment in traffic construction, slope stability analysis technology in construction.
Geographic Information SystemsCourse Description:
This course is an introduction to the principles and applications of Geographic Information Systems and basic use of a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) unit in the field. This course examines applications of geographic information including data structure, spatial analysis, data management, data visualization, and data retrieval. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary nature of GIS and its relevance to industry and society. Students will also acquire skills in introduction to terminology, hardware.
Monitoring, Dam Maintenance and SafetyCourse Description:
  • Overview of Dam Safety Organization and Practices in Lao PDR.
  • Hydrological Review of Dam Safety : Computation of PMF
  • Operation and Maintenance of Spillway Gates
  • Structural Review of Dam Safety (Masonry / Concrete Dams)
  • Seismic evaluation of dam location for geological safety
  • Structural Review of Earth and Rockfill dams
  • Instrumentation for Dams
  • Evaluation of name of dam Instrumentation – case study

Master Thesis (14 Credit)

Master ThesisThe master thesis is a supervised independent research work. It results in a written dissertation, which is to be presented to the academic public (public defense) and partially submitted to a research journal for publication. The dissertation is to be based on research work.14NUOL, USi, TU Dresden, HSRW, SIIT & WRU