The expected learning outcomes

This leaning environment supports two main learning outcomes:

1- Avoid disasters like flooding in Jeddah in the future.
2- Help protect people’s life in Jeddah.

Learners will be able to achieve the main learning outcomes through the following objectives:

3- Develop coherent understanding for the interdisciplinary leaning domains: Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Hydraulics, Watershed Management, Water Resources Planning and Management, and Surface Water Management in parallel with solving the problem.

4- Restore Jeddah’s infrastructure by planning a complete and adequate surface runoff system and estimate the quantity of material, the amount of time, and the approximate cost for their plan.
5- Cultivate flexible thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills within the area of civil
6- Upgrade self-directed learning and communication skills through working in groups to
collect data and to generate and test hypotheses.

Using Wiki and the blog sites:

Wiki is assigned for team work. You are required to cooperate with your team members to solve the flooding problem.

The blog site is assigned for sharing useful information about the flood to negotiating them with other teams and instructor. Each team is required to post their new findings every two weeks as assigned in the calender. You are required to comment on other teams’ findings as well.

To success in this course, learners are expected to:

  • Work in a group of 4-5 people.
  • Read through the information provided in the site about the flood
  • Share stories about flood’s damages using the blog site.
  • Use the team’s work space in Wiki to write:
    • Facts you know about the flooding problem
    • Issues you do not understand and need to learn more about the flood
    • Hypotheses about what caused the flooding problem
    • Ideas you have about explaining and solving the problem
  • Set group goals and strategies for problem-solving using the team’s work space in Wiki.
  • Search for resources (e.g. internet, interviews, images..) and post them in the team’s work space in Wiki
  • Investigate and test group’s hypotheses using the team’s work space in Wiki
  • Use what you have learned about the problem to generate new solutions/ideas and post them in the team’s work space in Wiki
  • Finally, frame and model the flood problem using preliminary and final engineering designs for the surface runoff system, taking into account technical and general specifications. Post your final project in the assigned space in Wiki.

The final outcomes

Each group is expected to :

  • Use their working space to collaborate on solving the flooding problem
  • Use the site to reflect on their knowledge
  • Comment on other peers postings
  • Present a final engineering designs for the surface runoff system and support their design with logical reasons.


  • In this course, there will be no textbooks or lectures.
  • Learners will learn the subject domains in parallel with solving the flooding problem.
  • The instructor will not provide you with solutions and further resources. However, the instructor will coach your learning process and will suggest resources.