Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the most important physical and chemical water, wastewater, sludge, solid waste and waste gas treatment processes [knowledge]
  • Explain the theoretical background of relevant physical and chemical treatment units [knowledge]
  • Choose favorable treatment methods for specific water, waste and gases [knowledge/skill]
  • Design and dimension the most common physical and chemical unit processes [skill]
  • Do simple chemical analyses in the analytical water laboratory and write a report [skill]
  • Have a mind-set for understanding the inter-linkages between water, energy and other resources [identity]

Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.01.2021 - 19.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Anna Mikola, Anna Mikola

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anna Mikola, Anna Mikola

Contact information for the course (valid 17.12.2020-21.12.2112):

Anna Mikola,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course gives an introduction into the physical and chemical water, wastewater, sludge, solid waste and waste gas treatment processes. The course is useful for students interested in the operation and planning of municipal and industrial water, wastewater and waste treatment plants.

    Main content: Process principles (types of reactors, mass balances, process kinetics) and treatment processes (screening, sedimentation, flotation, coagulation, mixing, flocculation, filtration, adsorption, ion-exchange, membrane processes, gas transfer, disinfection, oxidation, precipitation).

  • Applies in this implementation:

    During Spring 2021 course's lectures and homework support sessions will be organized on-line in Zoom. The lab project will be organized in small groups in the Water laboratory with the possibility to join on-line. Detailed schedule on the course homepage.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, weekly exercises, plant visit, laboratory project (group work), exams. Assessment of the course is based on the exercises, the laboratory assignment and the exams. Relative weights between the different components are given in the beginning of the course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    During Spring 2021 all the visits, project presentations and exams will be organized on-line.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours

    • Lectures 30 h
    • Exercise sessions & workshops 10 h
    • Seminar 4 h

    Independent work

    • Weekly exercises 25 h
    • Reading materials 26 h
    • Project assignment 16 h
    • Preparing for the exams 20 h
    • Exams 4 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course book: Water quality engineering: physical/chemical treatment processes; Mark Benjamin, Desmond Lawler ISBN 978-1-118.16965-0

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

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course book is available as e-book.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Detailed course schedule is on the Course homepage.