Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.02.2018 - 26.04.2018

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV (spring term)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon the completion, the student should be able to

  • Describe the most important biological water, wastewater, sludge, waste and gas treatment methods [knowledge]
  • Explain biochemical, microbiological and ecological phenomena in biological treatment processes [knowledge]
  • Form the simple mass balances of biological unit processes [knowledge/skill]
  • Identify the critical factors affecting the efficiency of biological treatment processes and describe their control systems [knowledge/skill]

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course gives an introduction into the biological water, wastewater, sludge, solid waste and waste gas treatment processes. The main focus is on wastewater treatment. The course is useful for students interested in the design and operation of municipal and industrial water, wastewater and waste treatment bioprocesses. Introduction to aerobic, anoxic and anaerobic water and waste treatment processes and their biochemistry, microbiology and ecology (biosorption, metabolic processes, mass and energy balances, biomass composition and yield, optimal process environment, inhibitory effects, acclimatization, adaptation and succession); Types of processes and bioreactors; Process parameters and their optimization; Bioprocess control and bioreactor sizing

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Examination(s), exercises and reporting assessments, peer assessment

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours. 20-60 h

Independent work: 75-115 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Study material is announced in the first lecture and in the course home page in MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CHEM-E0190 Biological Treatment of Water and Waste

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

ENG-WAT-E1020 Water & environment or CHEM-E6125 Environmental Management in Industry or similar knowledge in environmental engineering as well as the basic knowledge in chemistry are recommended prerequisites.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration through WebOodi. Please see WebOodi for the registration dates.

A limited number of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to our own Master's Programme students. Other students may be selected based on Motivation Letter and/or other criteria.

The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is a parallel course to "Physical and chemical treatment of water and waste", which is highly recommended. Course components are valid until the next time the course is given or unless explicitly agreed otherwise with the teacher in charge. Replaces the course CHEM-E0190 Biological treatment of water and waste.