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Syllabus for

Academic year
BOM150 - Water resources and environment
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: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Written and oral assignments 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

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Bitr professor  Sébastien Rauch
Professor  Greg Morrison

Course evaluation:


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

Students registering for this course are required to have been admitted to the MSc programme 'Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering'. Students in other MSC programmes at Chalmers can register, but are required to have an undergraduate degree in civil, environmental or chemical engineering. Students in the MSc programme 'Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering' will be given priority.


We are living in a time of rapid demographic and economic changes. There is now an increasing realization that these changes are transforming our relationship with the environment.
The global population is growing at an unprecedented rate and will reach 9 billion by 2050. Most of this growth will be absorbed by cities. At the same time, global economic growth and the industrialization of developing countries are causing a net increase in per capita GDP. As the population and economy grow, the flows of energy, water and materials, the production of waste and the emission of contaminants are increasing. The human impact on the global climate is unequivocal. Increasing consumption and changes in our environment are raising question about the availability of resources and the deterioration of important ecosystems supporting human development.
Water is a prerequisite for life. Increasing demand, contamination and climate change are now threatening our water resources. The course aims at laying the foundation for further studies on water and environment in the MSc programme Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering. It will provide a general understanding of global and local trends and their impacts on water resources, as well as the systems that support water provision and sanitation.

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

After completion of this course, the student should be able to
- have an overview of environmental issues (e.g. population, urbanization, resource constraints, climate change, environmental pollution) and water resources and infrastructures (e.g. natural waters, drinking water, wastewater, sanitation)
- understand the relationship between environmental issues and water resources
- assess the importance of contextual factors in Sweden and other parts of the world (developed countries and developing countries)
- apply acquired knowledge in urban planning and infrastructure development projects


The course will include:
- Lectures (e.g. global trends, global water cycle, climate change, drinking water, wastewater and sanitation, water contamination)
- Group project
- Individual assignment


The course combines lectures and project work, including both individual and group assignments.


Literature and other information will be provided during the course. The individual assignment and group work are based on scientific reports and articles available through the internet or the Chalmers Library. In addition to information provided, students are expected to search through the literature to find relevant information for their projects.


Assessment is based on examination, individual report and group work.

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