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.


After completing the course the student

  • Knows the water supply and wastewater infrastructure and understands their role as a part of critical infrastructure
  • Knows the elements and importance of the infrastructure s asset management
  • Knows the organizational and financial management and legal framework of the water supply and wastewater services
  • Knows how to conduct a project and present the results

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.11.2021 - 16.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Riina Liikanen

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course gives an introduction to the urban water systems and services. Physical elements, functions and information technologies of urban water infrastructure and their life-cycle management (planning, construction, operation, maintenance, asset management) are presented. Organizational and financial management as well as performance of the water services are discussed. Risk management and contingency planning of the services are also covered.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment of the course is based on the individual homework assignments and the project work done in groups. Relative weights of the different components are informed in the beginning of the course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact hours

    • Lectures 25 h
    • Exercise sessions 20 h
    • Excursion 5 h

    Independent work

    • Reading materials and preparing for lectures 35 h
    • Project work 25 h
    • Homework 25 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    A limited number of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to our own WAT 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.