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: 23.10.2024 - 29.11.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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 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).

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn II
    2025-2026 Autumn II


    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( 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.