Course code THT311

THT311 Water & Wastewater Treatment (special topics)

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Course responsible: Harsha Chandima Ratnaweera
Teachers: Nazli Pelin Kocatürk Schumacher, Arve Heistad, John Morken, Lars John Hem, Zakhar Maletskyi
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
2 weeks of intensive lectures (daily) between mid June-mid July, Self-study work on the term paper July-August.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2012-2013
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:

This course is an intensive course complimentary to THT 271, THT 310 or can be taken as an independent professional development course.

This course focuses on thematic modules addressing modern water and wastewater management. Relevant topics will be selected for the current study year from the below list:

  • Water quality management and monitoring
  • Climate Change influence on water supply and wastewater management
  • Advanced treatment processes in water and wastewater treatment
  • Digitalisation of the water sector
  • Cybersecurity in the water sector
  • Water-smart circular economy
  • Decentralised wastewater treatment
  • Energy considerations in the water sector
  • Beneficial use of residuals
  • Research skills for the water sector

Course assignments will focus on the implementation of one or more special topics in water utility upgrading.

Learning outcome:

At the completion of this course, candidates will be able to (examples, depending on the topics selected for this year):

  • apply  principles of the integrated water resource management
  • recognise climate change impacts on the water sector
  • describe applications of nanotechnology in water and wastewater treatment
  • explain the principles of digitalisation in the water sector
  • identify cybersecurity risks in the water sector
  • implement circular economy principles in the water sector
  • compare decentralised and centralised wastewater treatment solutions
  • formulate water, resource and energy value chains
  • evaluate water reuse opportunities
  • develop research concepts and present results
Learning activities:
(1) Lectures (2) analytical work in small teams, (3) Tutorials with process simulation program STOAT, (4) excursion to treatment plant(s) to learn how the unit processes are integrated and their operational challenges. (5) instructions and hands-on practice in usage of scientific databases and reporting. Most of the presentations will be available in Canvas before the lectures
Teaching support:
By email or pre-agreed meetings with lectueres

Handouts and copies of presentations

Handbook for IWRM in Basins by GWP/INBO, 2009

EU's Water Directive and Urban Water Directive

Kemira: About Water treatment, 2020 (pdf in Canvas)

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)

Basic knowledge on water and wastewater treatment (similar to THT271) is required.
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic knowledge on water resources management
Mandatory activity:
Compulsory participation in all activities during the first two weeks of intensive work + Project report
(1) Multiple Choice Questions, at the end of the 2 weeks of lectures (2) Evaluation of project works Final mark will be based a combination of the marks for the above.
Nominal workload:
ca 80 hours of lectures, exercises, excursions within 2 intensive weeks, followed by 220 h project work during a 3 months period.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
No overlap from 2021
Type of course:

Part-1: First two weeks of intensive, full-time work: 50 hours of lectures, 6-10 hours of analytical work, 6-10 hours of process simulation exercises, 20 hours of excursions.

Part-II: Work on the project report.(can be carried out outside of NMBU).

Part-III: submission of the project report

The course is organised as an intensive/full-time 2-weeks course in June/July at NMBU and an independent project work carried out either from Norway or abroad in December.
The external examiner approves plans for the project work and its assessment. The examiner actively assures the quality of the course content and teaching.
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades