Credits: 5

Schedule: 17.04.2019 - 31.05.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Anna Mikola

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

V (spring term)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completion, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the overall process train and the influence of the selected dimensioning on performance, including the characterization of the influent fractions as well as the identification of the process dynamics and of the main disturbances for the process operation [knowledge]
  • Understand the modelling and control techniques: state-of-the-art models, basic controllers and their practical application to full scale processes [knowledge]
  • Recognise the instrumentation available in the plants: actuators, on-line sensors/analyzers, structure of the automation system and their representation on the piping and instrumentation diagram [knowledge]
  • Optimise plant operation in terms of resources consumption and effluent quality improvement [knowledge/skill]
  • Analyse and understand the on-line and off-line data available at the treatment plants [skill]
  • Design the automation system for the treatment plants by means of simulator software [skill]

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is useful for students interested in the operation, design and optimization of municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment plants. Mathematical models of water and wastewater treatment: first principle models and data-derived models, calibration techniques; Basics of data analysis: data visualization, time series, outliers, missing data, time distribution; On-line sensors/analysers: characteristics, measurement principles; Off-line measurements: main parameters to be measured in the lab and related reference methods; Control algorithms: feedback, feedforward, cascade and predictive control; P&I symbols; Simulation software.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, weekly exercises and individual simulation project. Assessment of the course is based on the exercises, exams and the simulation project. Relative weights between the different components are given in the beginning of the course.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

40% from the exams

30% from the homework assignments

30% individual modelling project

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours

  • Lectures 20 h
  • Exercise sessions & workshops 20 h
  • Project presentations 4 h
  • Exams 2 h

Independent work

  • Weekly exercises 25 h
  • Reading materials 34 h
  • Project assignment 30 h

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Learning activity

Workload calculation (hours)








Home assignments


5 hours per
homework assignment



5-10 pages for
each session

 Project work


8 hour for
computer simulations, 8 h for reporting and preparing the presentation

portfolio (learning diary..)




exam (2x)


5h preparation
for each mid-term exam




In total



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.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Course schedule can be found from the course homepage.

NOTE: Additional teaching sessions will be organized on two Mondays: 20.5. 8:30 - 12 and 27.5. 8:30-12.

Monday May 27th will be the last session of the course.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WAT-E2120 Physical & chemical treatment of water and waste and CHEM-E0190 Biological treatment of water and waste, or equivalent knowledge.

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): 

Course components are valid until the next time the course is given or unless explicitly agreed otherwise with the teacher in charge.

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

SUMO software a

in Water building
+ TUAS 1621 + MaariE


Registration and further information