WATR06003 2018 Introduction to Wastewater Treatment

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Wastewater Treatment
Transcript Title
Introduction to Wastewater Tre
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Subject Area
WATR - Water Studies
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ann-Marie Duddy, Mel Casserly, Brian McCann
Programme Membership
SG_SWATE_C06 201800 Higher Certificate in Science in Water and Waste Water Operations SG_SWAST_E06 201900 Certificate in Wastewater Treatment Operations SG_SWATE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Water and Waste Water Operations

This module introduces the learner to the key principles, concepts and systems that relate to municipal wastewater treatment processes, and provides an overview of wastewater characteristics, quantities, flow variation and treatment options for various population equivalents. It also includes an introduction to wastewater sampling and testing, and plant operation and monitoring. The module also highlights the potential contribution of wastewater discharges to the pollution of receiving water bodies.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate current knowledge of the characteristics, concentrations and varying quantities of wastewater influent from various population equivalents to municipal wastewater treatment plants.


Report effectively on the typical systems, processes, stages and options suitable for the treatment of wastewater collected from municipal sources for various population equivalents.


Describe and perform sampling, testing, and monitoring protocols relating to the efficient and sustainable operation of a municipal wastewater treatment plant.


Appreciate the potential impact of wastewater discharges on receiving water quality and to meet compliance requirements, and understand the licencing and certification and authorisation process for public and private wastewater treatment plants.


Determine methods of optimising and enhancing treatment plant performance to meet effluent discharge limits and achieve sustainable operation.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is based on the provision of on-line lectures, tutorials and group
workshops that incorporate elements of enquiry and project-based learning along with practical laboratory demonstrations, group laboratory practicals, and guest lecturers. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Final written examination and continuous assessment consisting of Moodle MCQ assessment (multiple choice quiz), workshop laboratory practical, and an individual practical assignment involving a written report. 

Repeat Assessments

The learner must undertake repeat final written examination and/or continuous assessment project
work depending on the particular failed element to achieve an overall pass grade.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Wastewater parameters and characteristcs

2. Wastewater quantities. population equivalent, and flow variation

3. Municipal wastewater treatment plant processes, stages and systems for various population equivalents.

4. Sampling, testing and monitoring procedures and protocols.

5. Impact of wastewater discharges to receiving water bodies. River Basin Management Plans and Water Framework Directive compliance.

6. EPA Wastewater Discharge Authorisation process. WWTP licencing and certification procedures. Discharges from private WWTPs.

7. Treatment plant optimisation, operational and maintenance practices and systems to improve performance and sustainable operation. Routine and long-term maintenance and operational procedures and schedules.

8. Introduction to wastewater sludge treatment and disposal.

9. Effluent discharge sampling, testing and monitoring requirements to meet plant discharge authorisation and Water Framework Directive requirements. 

10. Plant management and caretaking duties and practices. Use of technology to capture and record and control plant operation. Case studies.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Moodle quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 7 1,2
2 Assignment Project Written Report 20 % Week 12 2,3,4,5
3 Workshop Laboratory Practical Practical Practical Evaluation 10 % Week 9 1,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final written examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online On-line Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Online Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Workshop 2 Twice Per Semester 0.27
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.27 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010-07-26 Water Technology, Third Edition CRC Press
ISBN 185617705X ISBN-13 9781856177054

New, ship fast, delivered in 5-7 days in UK, No PO BOX.

Recommended Reading
2013-11-19 Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations, Third Edition CRC Press
ISBN 1466553375 ISBN-13 9781466553378

Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations the first thorough resource manual developed exclusively for water and wastewater plant operators has been updated and expanded. An industry standard now in its third edition, this book addresses management issues and security needs, contains coverage on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), and includes regulatory changes. The author explains the material in layman's terms, providing real-world operating scenarios with problem-solving practice sets for each scenario. This provides readers with the ability to incorporate math with both theory and practical application. The book contains additional emphasis on operator safety, new chapters on energy conservation and sustainability, and basic science for operators. What's New in the Third Edition: * Prepares operators for licensure exams * Provides additional math problems and solutions to better prepare users for certification exams * Updates all chapters to reflect the developments in the field * Enables users to properly operate water and wastewater plants and suggests troubleshooting procedures for returning a plant to optimum operation levels A complete compilation of water science, treatment information, process control procedures, problem-solving techniques, safety and health information, and administrative and technological trends, this text serves as a resource for professionals working in water and wastewater operations and operators preparing for wastewater licensure exams. It can also be used as a supplemental textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying environmental science, water science, and environmental engineering.

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Irish Water Wastewater Treatment Asset Standards and Specifications