Course code THT311

THT311 Water Resources Management and Treatment Technologies

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Course responsible: Harsha Chandima Ratnaweera
Teachers: 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:
This course has an intensive/full-time 2-weeks course in June/July at NMBU and an independent project work in December.
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:
Lectures on: Water resources management, Water treatment Wastewater treatment, Monitoring and control of water quality and treatment processes, Working with literature databases, Project report/scientific writing. Hands on practice: lab analysis and process simulation software Excursions: to water and wastewater treatment plants
Learning outcome:
Knowledge: students should have an understanding of the basic principles in modern water resources management, European water legislations, theoretical understanding of the main treatment processes and, operational aspects a treatment plant. They should possess basic understanding of state-of-the-art techniques on process control and optimization they must have an understanding of the modern simulation and design tools available for treatment plants and their capabilities. Professional skills: students should be able design modern river basin structures using best practices and to understand the composition of a treatment plant and identify and improve general operational problems. They should be able to carry out basic water quality analysis and how to utilize the water quality data in WRM and operational improvement of treatment plants. They should be able to carry out a literature review using modern scientific databases and internet and to prepare a well-structured project report. General competence: students should have an understanding of the development trends in the European water legislation and practices, be able to identify the advantages/weaknesses in a WRM setup and to propose improvements based on modern practices. They should also have a general process optimization knowledge using lab- and full scale experiments and possibilities with simulation programs.
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

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 THT 271) 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 equally on the above.
Nominal workload:
ca 80 hours of lectures, exercises, excursions within 2 intensive weeks, followed by 220 h project work during a 5 months period.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
THT 310 og THT 311 har ca 50% overlapping.
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: Project work (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: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått