WAST07005 2019 Wastewater Enquiry Based Learning

General Details

Full Title
Wastewater Enquiry Based Learning
Transcript Title
Wastewater Enquiry Based Learn
Code
WAST07005
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
WAST - Waste Studies
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Edel Costello, Lil Rudden
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Level 7 Add-on Award in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science
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.

Solve calculations regarding the design and operation of a wastewater treatment plant

4.

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

5.

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 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 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.

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 and compare compliance  to relevant legislation 

Solve calculations regarding  design and operational of wastewater treatment plant.

  • 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, 

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

  • Individual log books and daily work sheets completed by the students
  • 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 Site Report Project Assignment 10 % Week 3
2 Record , collate and present laboratory acquired data Continuous Assessment Group Project 25 % Week 12 4,5
3 Written Laboratory Exam Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 30 % Week 13 1
4 Upload results onto an electronic spreadsheet in a timely manner and maintain Laboratory Record Book Continuous Assessment Assessment 35 % OnGoing 3,4,5
5 Accept feedback and constructive criticism Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

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). Biology of Wastewater Treatment ( 2nd Edition) 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.

Additional Information

None