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Syllabus for

Academic year
BOM095 - Wastewater engineering
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPIEE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Examination 6,0c Grading: TH   6,0c   02 Jun 2015 pm V,  Contact examiner,  26 Aug 2015 pm V
0208 Laboratory 1,5c Grading: UG   1,5c    

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Bitr professor  Britt-Marie Wilén
Docent  Thomas Pettersson
Professor  Greg Morrison


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

BSc in Civil Engineering, Environmental engineering or equivalent. Recommended: courses in hydraulics, hydrology, hydrogeology, water chemistry, process technology.


The aim of this course is to give the students a comprehensive understanding of the whole wastewater system and skills to design and in detail analyse wastewater treatment plants and wastewater and stormwater collection systems.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Define the most important concepts of the wastewater system, including the sewer system, stormwater collection system, treatment system and wastewater discharge.
- Describe different types of collection and treatment systems for wastewater and motivate the selection of different systems for different conditions.
- Be able to identify weaknesses and strengths of the systems we have today and to show awareness of recent research and development in the area.
- Combine knowledge in hydraulics and water processes when designing wastewater collection systems, including storm water storage, combined sewer overflow systems and sustainable urban drainage systems.
- Apply existing theories to design new treatment and collection systems or to reconstruct existing ones and to be able to identify critical parameters and make appropriate assumptions and judgments when limited data is available.
- Analyse the performance of different treatment and collections systems and be able to explain results obtained from either simulations or from monitored data.
- Apply covered theories in designing the hydraulics of the wastewater and stormwater collection system.
- Explain how the wastewater collection system is related to and influences the treatment system and the consequences it has for the effluent properties.
- Apply computer models in analysing and designing wastewater collection and treatment processes and to judge their out-put results.
- Be able in a project assignment to formulate problems and to come up with solutions to a sewer system design for a community with limited data and within limited time and to critically identify and discuss strengths and limitations to the solution.
- Present the group assignment in a clear and professional way, both written and orally, as well as being able to read and critically evaluate and discuss the work of another group's assignment.
- Define the main concepts of sustainability related to the wastewater system.


The course is covering two main parts: collection of wastewater and stormwater (urban drainage) and treatment processes for wastewater (and stormwater). More specifically, the following topics are included:
- Introduction to the wastewater system;
- Analysis and design of different treatment processes;
- Analysis and design of wastewater and stormwater (urban drainage) systems;
- Hydraulic aspects of collection systems;
- Computer models for collection and treatment processes.


The course consists of approximately 70 hours including lectures, exercises, one computer simulation exercise, assignments (one individual and one group assignment) and one study visit.

Attendance is compulsory for:
- the computer assignment part of the group assignment (SWMM exercise);
- the computer simulation exercise (activated sludge model); and
- study visit to Gryaab AB (the Rya wastewater treatment plant).
You are expected to actively participate and contribute to the group work. Submission of all 3 assignments (individual assignment, group assignment, activated sludge simulation exercise) is compulsory and should be done according to schedule.


The literature for the course consists of:
- Compendium Wastewater engineering which is a collection of relevant literature for the course.
- Lecture notes as hand-outs and print out material (will be available before each lecture). These will be found as pdf-files on the course homepage in PingPong.
- Course library: Wastewater engineering treatment and reuse (2004, International edition, MetCalf & Eddy, McGraw Hill, ISBN 007-124140-X); and Urban Drainage (2004, 2nd Edition, Butler & Davies, Spon Press, ISBN 978-0-415-30607-2). A few copies are available in the Water Environment Technology seminar room.


To pass the course the students must:
- pass the written exam (contributes with 40% to the final grade);
- have presented and reported the group assignment (contributes with 45% to the final grade);
- have reported the individual assignment (contributes with 15% to the final grade);
- have attended and handed in the results from the simulation computer exercise; and
- have participated in the study visit.

Page manager Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020.