Wastewater Treatment 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, V7012B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 09 Feb 2016

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 16 Jun 2017

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Urban Water Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

V0016B Urban Water Systems or corresponding.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

After the course you shall be able to

  • explain why wastewater has to be treated and which systems that can be applied to take care of the wastewater,
  • describe how treatment processes can be arranged and built at a wastewater treatment plant and know what parts that are critical for the function of the treatment,
  • dimension and optimize individual process units for wastewater and sludge treatment,
  • suggest site specific improvements of existing wastewater systems with theoretical and practical approaches,
  • decide how/if all flows to the wastewater treatment plant should be treated, considering infiltration and inflows and sewer overflows along the sewers,
  • explain how decisions regarding environment on EU, country and authority levels influence assessment of environmental impacts and supervision of wastewater systems,
  • describe environmental impacts of wastewater systems and prerequisites for efficient resource handling,
  • assess the status of treatment processes with laboratory and field investigations.


This course gives a broad overview of urban wastewater treatment and its tool box of mechanical, biological and chemical treatment processes for both wastewater and sludge. Beside knowledge of processes and ability to dimension and optimize different units to a well-functioning system, the course will also contribute with knowledge to be able to assess if existing plants need to be improved, to be able to improve built structures (preferable in house) in an innovative way, and be able to assess if flow variations influence the treatment processes in such a way that additional treatment steps are needed. In the course the impacts of the status of the sewer system on the function of the wastewater treatment plant is dealt with, for instance in relation to in filtration and inflows and what consequences this can result in concerning overflows, permissions and supervision from a juridical perspective. The environmental laws and regulations that influence the permissions and supervision of wastewater treatment plans are also dealt with in this course as well as the present change of the view of the wastewater treatment plant from a system for wastewater purification to a system that focus on resource efficiency.


In the course, lectures with calculation tasks, laboratory lessons and a larger seminar are given. Beside that, the students work with an assignment report and a literature assignment. Laboratory lessons, the lessons connected to the seminar assignment and the oral presentations are mandatory.


The objectives of the wastewater treatment, the environmental impacts of wastewater systems, suitable systems and lay out of treatment processes as well as dimensioning and optimization of processes are examined by a written exam in the end of the course. In this written exam, the knowledge concerning environmental laws and regulations related to assessment of environmental impacts and supervision of wastewater treatment systems is examined as well. The course aim related to which flows that need to be treated is examined by an assignment report. Knowledge concerning resource efficiency is examined by a literature assignment. The ability to suggest site specific improvements of existing systems is examined by a seminar assignment. Examination of knowledge concerning assessment of the status of treatment processes is examined by a laboratory task.

Inga Herrmann

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Resource Recovery
Av Metcalf & Eddy Inc.
Upplaga 5 International ed

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

0001Written exam4.5G U 3 4 5
0002Seminar assignment1.0U G#
0003Assignment report0.6U G#
0004Literature assignment1.1G U 3 4 5
0005Laboratory work0.3U G#