Course code THT310

THT310 Treatment of water and wastewater: advanced course

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Course responsible: Harsha Chandima Ratnaweera
Teachers: Arve Heistad, Jon Arne Engan, John Morken, Ingun Tryland
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:


1.            students who have the course as mandatory in their study plan

2.            students on the following study programmes: M-VM and M-IØ

3.            students with most ECTS credits

It there are not enough slots in group one the students will be ranked by their ECTS credits.

Course contents:
Status, challanges, legislative aspects in Norway, EU and internationally- Advanced theoretical aspects in water supply and conventional wastewater treatment - Combined processes in water supply and wastewater treatment - Impact of Climate Change-Design aspects in water supply and wastewater treatment - Design aspects in small scale wastewater treatment - Design aspects in sludge management and solid waste management - Basics in process control - Models and simulation programs in water and wastewater treatment - Emerging and innovative technologies
Learning outcome:
Knowledge: students should have a deeper theoretical understanding of the main treatment processes, best practices and how to optimize the operation of a treatment plant. They should possess the basic understanding of the state-of-the-art techniques on process control and optimization Professional skills: students shall be able to understand the capabilities and limitations of various treatment methods and their compatibilities when integrating the systems. They should be able to select suitable treatment process combinations and to evaluate their performances General competence: students should be able to identify operational errors/weaknesses of a treatment plant and their basic troubleshooting. They should also have competence about the capabilities of simulation programs and control systems in general. They should also have competence on Norwegian and European legal requirements on water supply and wastewater treatment.
Learning activities:
(1) Lectures (2) Term papers presented in plenary session for all students, (3) Tutorials with process simulation programs, (4) excursion to treatment plant(s) to learn how the unit processes are integrated and their operational challenges. Most of the presentations will be available in Canvas before the lectures.
Teaching support:
By email and pre-agreed meetings with the lecturers.
Water and wastewater technology (currently only in Norwegian, published by Norwegian Water), 2012 Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Reuse, 5th Edition, by Metcalf and Eddy, Inc, 2013 (selected sections) Water Treatment: Principles and Design, 3rd Edition, MWH, 2012 (selected sections) Selected publications and handouts
THT280 and THT271.
Recommended prerequisites:
THT261 and THT201
Mandatory activity:
Term-paper(s), simulation exercises and excursions to treatment plant(s).
Written examination counts for 75%, term papers count for 25%: Written exams may include both MCQ and individul questions.
Nominal workload:
For a course of 15 credits, ca. 450 hours of work is anticipated. Thus 15-20 hours/week of self-studies should be expected.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
THT 310 and THT 311 overlaps with ca 50%
Type of course:
Lectures: approx. 70 hours excursion 6 hours Term-papers, exercises, presentations and discussion of exercises.
The external examiner approves plans for the project work and its assessment. The external examiner will assess all examinations. The examiner actively assures the quality of the course content and teaching.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått