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ACE040 - Advanced wastewater engineering
Avancerad avloppsreningsteknik
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPIEE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 27121
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: D

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Examination 4,0 c Grading: TH   4,0 c   02 Jun 2021 pm J,  10 Oct 2020 am J,  16 Aug 2021 am J
0218 Design exercise + laboratory 3,5 c Grading: TH   3,5 c    

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Britt-Marie Wilén

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

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


The aim of this course is to give the students a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the wastewater system and skills to design and analyse wastewater treatment plants.

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

  • Define the most important concepts of the entire wastewater system from collection of sewage and stormwater to treatment systems and understand the consequences of discharge.
  • Describe different types of collection systems, including the sewer and stormwater collection system and apply existing theories for their design.
  • Understand how the wastewater collection system influences the treatment system and assess consequences of combined sewer overflows.
  • Apply existing theories to design different types of treatment systems and to identify critical parameters and make appropriate assumptions and judgements.
  • Understand the microbial, chemical and physical processes involved in advanced wastewater treatment systems.
  • Explain the performance of treatment systems by analysing either monitored data or results from computer simulations.
  • Understand the main concepts of sustainability related to the wastewater system.
  • Obtain the skills to present the project assignment in a professional manner, both orally and in written text as well as in a critical manner assess and discuss the project performed by another group.


The course is dealing with the wastewater system from collection to treatment of wastewater. More specifically the course is dealing with:
  • Introduction to the entire wastewater system.
  • Analysis and design of different types of wastewater collection systems and wastewater treatment systems.
  • Hydraulic aspects of wastewater systems.
  • Computer models for wastewater treatment systems.
  • Microbiology/biotechnology, physical and chemical processes related to treatment systems.


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

Attendance is compulsory for:

  • The computer simulation exercise.
  • The study visit.
  • Parts of the scheduled time for the group assignment.
  • Laboratory exercise.


The literature for the course consists of:

  • Course book: to be determined.
  • Lecture notes, hand-outs and print out material. This will be accessible at the course homepage

Complementary literature

  • Course library with a small selection of relevant books.

Examination including compulsory elements

To pass the course the students must:
  • Pass the written exam (graded 3,4,5).
  • Have presented and reported the group assignment (G).
  • Have reported the individual assignment (graded 3,4,5).
  • Have attended and reported the results from the computer simulation exercise.
  • Have participated in the study visit.
  • Have participated and reported the laboratory exercise.

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