ENVR06087 2020 Wastewater Enquiry Based Learning

General Details

Full Title
Wastewater Enquiry Based Learning
Transcript Title
Wastewater Enquiry Based Learn
Code
ENVR06087
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
10 - 10 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Ann-Marie Duddy, Edel Costello, Noel Connaughton, Lil Rudden, Cian Taylor, Lisa Cronin
Programme Membership
SG_SECOL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SECOL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SECOL_C06 202000 Higher Certificate in Science in Environmental Science with Ecology
Description

This practical Module covers methods used for analysis and monitoring chemical, physical and microbiological parameters of wastewater treatment processes. Students work in teams and each team is responsible for the maintenance, operation and monitoring the efficiency of treatment of a laboratory-scale wastewater treatment system based on the activated sludge process.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Interpret the operation of a secondary wastewater treatment process and be able to list the various parts of the treatment plant and their functions

2.

Demonstrate the ability to work independently and in groups, safely, to carry out a range of analytical laboratory procedures related to the wastewater treatment process to include microbiological and chemical/physical methods as appropriate.

3.

Apply the various analytical methods for monitoring the operation of a secondary wastewater treatment plant in a competent manner

4.

Solve critical design and operational parameters based on direct measurements

5.

Organise detailed records of laboratory activities.

6.

Compile ,summarise and present overall results on a data base and in a report

7.

Compare compliance with the relevant regulations covering wastewater treatment.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. This will include enquiry based learning , practicals,and site visits augmented by problem based learning ,directed learning and independent learning.This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and resources. Site visits will be an important part of this Enquiry Based Learning Module . Google doc will be used  to upload and statistics to collate data for each plant  which incorporates teamwork and time management skill. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment.

Laboratory skills and report-writing ability are assessed as part of the practical work performed during the module. Use of electronic spreadsheet in a timely manner and maintaining Laboratory Record Book  and daily record sheets, in order to assess their record keeping ability. Presentation of  laboratory acquired data in groups to assess their team work and presentation skills.

 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Interpret the operation of a secondary wastewater treatment process and be able to list the various parts of the treatment plant and their functions:

  • Site visits will be an important part of this Enquiry Based Learning Module

Demonstrate the ability to work independently and in groups, safely, to carry out a range of analytical laboratory procedures related to the wastewater treatment process to include microbiological and chemical/physical methods as appropriate.

  • Maintain, Operate and Monitor the Wastewater Treatment Pilot Plants twice weekly.

Apply the various analytical methods for monitoring the operation of a secondary wastewater treatment plant in a competent manner

Compare compliance with the relevant regulations covering wastewater treatment

  • Maintenance and operation of wastewater treatment process. Conduct the following analyses: BOD, COD, Suspended Solids, MLSS, MLVSS, SV, SVI, ammonia, nitrate, orthophosphate, coagulation, flocculation, microbiological examination of activated sludge, denitrification,  sludge solids content.

Solve critical design and operational parameters based on direct measurements

  • Take physical measurements of a range of components of the pilot plants and other components used in water and wastewater treatment processes (e.g. flow measurement devices) and calculate critical parameters such as surface areas, volumes, flows, overflow rates, velocities, mass, density, chemical dosing rates etc.
  • Based on the monitoring data collected by the learners and/or provided by a lecturer or extracted from a review of a full-scale plant, calculate critical design and operational parameters such as daily BOD load, population equivalent, contaminant removal rates, hydraulic retention time, organic loading rate, F/M ratio, solids retention time, mass and volume of waste sludge, quantities of chemicals required, mass of nutrients present in biosolids etc.

Organise detailed records of laboratory activities

  • Individual log books and daily work sheets completed by the students.

Compile, summarise and present overall results on a data base and in a report

  • Utilise Google doc to upload and statistics to collate data  to prepare presentation for each plant.This incorporates teamwork and time management skills. Perform calculation of summary statistics on wastewater treatment data using an appropriate software package and represent the statistics in both tabular and graphical forms.

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Laboratory Exam Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 30 % Week 13 1,4,6
2 Record , collate and present laboratory acquired data Continuous Assessment Group Project 25 % Week 12 2,4,5,6
3 Upload results onto an electronic spreadsheet in a timely manner and maintain Laboratory Record Book Continuous Assessment Assessment 35 % OnGoing 3,4,5,6
4 Site Visit Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 10 % Week 3 1
5 Compare results with the performance of other actual wastewater treatment plants and legal requirements Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 7

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 3 Weekly 3.00
Problem Based Learning Science Laboratory Pilot plant activities 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Site Visit Not Specified Site Visit To Waste water Treatment Plants 0 Twice Per Semester 0.00
Problem Based Learning Computer Laboratory Statistical Analysis 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Science Laboratory Wastewater Treatment Plant Design 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Team meetings 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Hurst, C J. Crawford, R. L. Knudsen, G. R. McInerney, M. J. Linda D. Stetzenbach. Eds.  2002. Manual of Environmental Microbiology. Washington, D.C. ASM Pr

American Public Health Association 2005. 21st ed Standard methods for the examination of water & wastewater. Washington, DC :,Centennial ed EPA, 2001. Parameters of Water Quality.

Gray, N.F. (2004). The  Biology Wastewater Treatmant .Activated Sludge-Theory and Practice 1990. Oxford University Press.

EPA (2012). Wastewater Treatment Manuals - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Treatment. EPA Ireland

 

Journal Resources

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URL Resources

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Other Resources

Moodle site and laboratory manual.

Bus for site visits

Additional Information

None