IP500020 - Introduction to smart water and environmental engineering


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The overall aim of this course is to give students an introduction to key concepts and principles integral for the design of water and wastewater systems. Focus will be on principles for water and wastewater management within the broader context of sustainable smart cities and land-based aquaculture system.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • Water and wastewater challenges for sustainable smart cities;
  • Water chemistry and microbiology,
  • Sampling techniques for water and wastewater systems;
  • Rapid laboratory methods for the analysis of microbial and chemical contaminants;
  • Fundamentals of water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Hydraulics and urban hydrology,
  • Pumps and pump systems for water and wastewater systems.
  • Sensor technologies for water systems

Learning outcome

Learning outcome - Knowledge

  • Knowledge of challenges for water and wastewater for sustainable smart cities
  • Knowledge of field and laboratory techniques for the sampling and analysis of chemical and microbial contaminants;
  • Knowledge of fundamental microbiology and chemistry for design of water and wastewater systems;
  • Knowledge of basic treatment processes in land-based aquaculture systems;
  • Knowledge of basic treatment processes in domestic water and wastewater treatment plants;
  • Knowledge of key hydraulic and hydrological principles in the design of drinking water pipes, wastewater collection systems and stormwater systems
  • Knowledge of sensor technologies and their applications in water and wastewater infrastructure

Learning outcome - Skills

  • Ability to conduct basic laboratory analysis of physical and chemical parameters of water and wastewater.
  • Ability to analyze data from laboratory analysis and write reports.
  • Ability to choose between different drinking water sources and treatment methods for drinking water.
  • Ability to choose between different treatment methods for a land-based aquaculture system.
  • Ability to choose an appropriate method for wastewater treatment based on treatment requirements.
  • Ability to undertake fundamental hydraulic analysis and pump selection for water and wastewater pipelines
  • Ability to distinguish between different sensors applications for water and wastewater infrastructure

Learning outcome- Competence

  • Be able to present results both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to master the key principles and terminologies
  • Be able to communicate with other professionals.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, fieldwork, labwork and excursion.  Several individual exercises, lab work as well as a larger group assignment. All mandatory assignments must be approved within given deadlines to gain access to the final exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

Written exam, A-F

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Product and System Design (840MD)

Course materials

  • Selected chapters from:

             Davis, M.L and Cornwell, D.A. (2013). Introduction to Environmental Engineering. McGraw                     Hill,  New York.

             Butler, D., Digman, C., Makropoulous, C. and Davies, J.W. (2018). Urban Drainage (4th                         Edition)

             Trifunovic, N. (2008). Introduction to water distribution. Taylor & Francis, London.

  • Lecture notes
  • Scientific articles

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Water Supply and Wastewater Systems
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 D 2021-12-10 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
G328C Gnisten/Fagskolen 4
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 D 2022-05-12 09:00
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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