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Urban Water systems 7.5 credits

First cycle, V0016B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Urban Water Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering
Main field of study
Natural Resources Engineering, Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and University courses corresponding to 60 credits. Should include at least 7,5 credits in Mathematics (for example M0047M Differential Calculus) and 7,5 credits in Physics (for example F0004T Physics 1).

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
You should be able to:
1. Perform hydraulic calculations for pipes. 
2. Dimension pipes, pumps and reservoirs for systems for potable water and wastewater. 
3. Calculate storm water flows with the ”rational method”. 
4. Describe the ”Time-area-method” used for calculation of storm water flows. 
5. Describe the systems for potable water and wastewater and be able to explain the function of its components. 
6. Describe differences in quality between different waters. 
7. Describe different treatment units at water and wastewater treatment plants and be able to explain their functions. 
8. Give examples and discuss interactions and conflicts between different aspects in the work concerning the development of sustainable urban water systems. 
9. Present collected data in suitable and well-designed diagrams and figures.
10. Refer to references in written text according to common methods used in the engineering field of science.

The course deals with the systems for potable water and wastewater with focus on the pipe system. Hydraulic calculations are performed on pipe systems. Further, for water supply water resources, water quality, pipes, pumps, reservoirs and purification processes and systems are dealt with. For sewerage design of sewers, sewage quality and processes for wastewater treatment and sludge treatment are dealt with. For urban water systems, sustainability aspects will be dealt with.

Focus is also on generic skills such as report writing, citing references and presenting collected data in suitable diagrams and figures.  

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Fundamental system knowledge is aquired by lectures and literature studies during the course. To achieve calculation knowledge, you should participate at the lectures and work with calculation tasks. The calculation task is presented by a report and will be orally presented. The oral presentation is mandatory. A project task and a field task are carried out (group tasks) to get a deeper understanding of the systems for potable water and wastewater. Sustainability aspects will be involved in the project task. During the field task, the water quality is investigated by laboratory methods. A field report is written in small groups. During the work with the project report you are introduced to common methods how to refer to literature references in the text. The project task is presented orally and with a written report in which the content as well as the quality of the reference management is evaluated In order to further penetrate sustainability aspects for urban water systems, a seminar will be performed. Active presence during the field task, seminar and at presentations is compulsory. 

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Fundamental system knowledge and calculation and dimensioning knowledge (aims 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7) are examined by two intermediate written exams (#0011 och #0012) during the course. More comprehensive calculation knowledge (aims 2, 3, 4) examined during the course by a calculation task (#0009) that is examined by a written report and an oral presentation. The project task (#0010), examining the aims that are related to a broader knowledge about the urban water system as well as reference management (aims 5, 8, 10) is also examined by a written report and an oral presentation according to a graded scale. The Field task (#0005) examines the course aims about water quality differences, treatment processes and data presentation (aims 6, 7, 9) short written report graded with (F/P). The seminar (#0006) examines the course aims related to a broader knowledge about the urban water system (mål 5, 8) with active participation.
To achieve a final grade of the course you have to pass all the examination items and attend and be active at the mandatory seminar, field trip and scheduled oral presentation lessons. If you have not attended any of the scheduled field task lessons, you have to do the field task another year, if there is room for additional students. 

Annelie Hedström

Literature. Valid from Spring 2021 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
”Vårt Vatten”, slutversion 2020, utgiven av Svenskt vatten AB. The book ordered on: Vattenbokhandeln

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0005Field taskU G#0.50MandatoryA09
0006SeminarU G#0.10MandatoryA09
0009Calculation taskG U 3 4 51.80MandatoryA12
0010Project taskG U 3 4 51.00MandatoryA12
0011Short written exam 1G U 3 4 50.80MandatoryA13
0012Short written exam 2G U 3 4 53.30MandatoryA13

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 20 Jan 2009

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021