Course code THT282

THT282 Introduction to Sustainable Water and Sanitation

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Course responsible: Petter Deinboll Jenssen
Teachers: Manoj Kumar Pandey
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2006-2007
Preferential right:
B-MINA, M-MINA, Water and Environmental Technology, Development Studies.
Course contents:

The course utilizes problem-based learning and a selection of real life cases that give insight and overview over sustainable water and sanitation situations and possible solutions. Students will be introduced to cases, and confronted with the complexity of water and sanitary challenges. How should we approach and evaluate the situation? What physical, technical, economic and social factors are important for our choice of technology? Who are the stakeholders and how should they be involved? How do we secure a sustainable management of the situation? Students will work with specific aspects of case situations. The cases will introduce students to different technical solutions to address water and sanitation challenges in different locations world-wide. For each case, a series of questions will be asked, which will require students to seek out, evaluate and apply appropriate knowledge to the given situation and justify chosen solutions. The cases and support material are available on Canvas and an internet database. Important issues are supported by lectures and each case is followed up by an in-class discussion.

Keywords: The concept of sustainability in relation to water and sanitation. Potable water from rainwater harvesting

ground- and surface water sources

centralized and decentralized systems for water and sanitation

conventional and natural systems for wastewater treatment

ecological sanitation

source separation of wastewater

reuse of waste resources - circular economy

water and sanitation infrastructure in urban and rural planning

preparedness and planning for disaster situations

introduction to health considerations and risk assessment

socio-economic aspects.

Learning outcome:
The students shall upon completion of the course have an insight into the major water and sanitation challenges of the world and an overview of sustainable water and sanitation options. The students will be aware of the challenges of working in the field of water and sanitation in a variety of situations, including developing countries and disaster situations. The training will enable the student to view alternative technical solutions and their impact on natural surroundings, society and health when approaching a problem.
Learning activities:
The course is based on lectures, exercises, active participation in group discussion. The exercises and group discussions are compulsory.
Teaching support:
During office hours, depending on lecturer's availability.
Updated annually.
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of geology, soils, microbiology and chemistry equivalent to GEO100, JORD101, BIO130 and KJM100
Mandatory activity:
For NMBU students excursions and exercises are compulsory. 
Continuing examination. Cases and exercises counts 25%. 3 hour written exam counts 75%. Grade A-E / Not pass.
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
4 lectures per week and one half day and two full day day excursions. The number of lectures/exercises/excursions are subject to change.
The course is partly web-based and can be followed by external students. 
Examiners will be actively engaged in quality assurance of the course content and the exam questions as well as grading of the term papers.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F