BYGA2331 - Water and Wastewater Treatment


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours A

Course content

  • Status of water resources in Norway and intenationally
  • Microbial and chemical contamination sources and pathways
  • Norwegian and international regulations pertaining to water and wastewater systems
  • Water quality and related parameters of significance
  • Mechanical, biological and chemical treatment processes for water and wastewater
  • Selection of appropriate treatment process and combination
  • Decentralized wastewater treatment (infiltration systems, constructed wetland etc)
  • Modelling and simulation of water and wastewater treatment processes.

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes-Knowledge

  • Understands national and international challenges in water and wastewater management.
  • Knowledge of various microbial and chemical contaminants.
  • Knowledge of how drinking water and wastewater should be treated.
  • Good knowledge of local, national and international laws, regulations and guidelines that underpin the choice of various water and sewerage treatment processes.
  • Understands basic important principles, concepts and theories for the design of water and wastewater treatment processes.
  • Gain knowledge of innovative water and wastewater management systems
  • Knowledge of the resource value of wastewater/sludge, and treatment technologies to recycle these resources for the benefit of society.

Learning outcomes- skills

  • Be able to use softwares and tools to assess the health and environmental consequences of water and sewerage systems (GEMSS/HQWSS).
  • Be able to carry out independent field and laboratory work in the planning and design of conventional and decentralized water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Be able to apply key theories and principles for the design and selection of appropriate technology in water and wastewater treatment.
  • Be able to use digital software and tools to design, simulate and optimize various water and wastewater treatment processes (e.g. BioWin and WATPRO).
  • Be able to write and communicate technical reports well and efficiently.

Learning outcomes- competence

  • Be able to select, plan and design an appropriate water and wastewater treatment plant for a given locality and budget in accordance with given regulations, guidelines and cost limits.
  • Be able to work in multidisciplinary teams in water and sewerage management.
  • Be able to contribute to the development of good practice for water and wastewater treatment through participation in dialogues in the field.

Learning methods and activities

This course has several components that include lectures, individual & group assignments, fieldwork, laboratory exercises and excursions. The laboratory work relates to water quality analysis and experiments on treatment processes (coagulation & flocculation, filtration, disinfection). Exercises involving the use of digital modelling and simulation tools to understand specific unit processes. Parts of the course will be taught in English, and all mandatory assignments have to be submitted within the deadlines to be admitted to the exams.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

4 hours written exam.

Mandatory individual assignments, mandatory laboratory exercises, mandatory submission of laboratory reports. Mandatory submission of digital projects in GEMMS/HWQSS, WATPRO and BioWin. All mandatory work requirements must be approved in order to access the exam.

Re-sit exam in May/ June. The exam form may be changed to oral exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil Engineering - Engineering (BIBYGG)

Course materials

Will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Pollution Control Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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