TVM4173 - Drinking Water Treatment


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 40/100
Work 30/100
Work 30/100

Course content

The aim of this course is to provide technological knowledge about advanced drinking water treatment. Focus is on both, conventional and new, emerging technologies. The course discusses relevant unit processes involved, and their role and location in a typical treatment chain. All unit processes will be mathematically described and guidelines for dimensioning are presented. Physical, chemical and biological unit processes will be covered in the course.
The course includes the following unit processes and concepts: Setting up of mass balances, mass transfer across an interface, gravity separation (sedimentation and flotation), depth filtration, membrane filtration, coagulation & flocculation, oxidation & disinfection, softening and hardening, deacidification, adsorption and ion exchange, gas exchange, biological treatment, process combinations.

Learning outcome

At the end of the semester, the students will have acquired key engineering skills. They will be able to working in a team, present and defend their work, evaluate the work of others and give constructive feedback, analyse engineering problems that may be incompletely stated, make estimations and appreciate their value and limitations and interpret and evaluate experimental results.

At the end of the term, students should have detailed knowledge about the unit processes most relevant for drinking water treatment. They will be able to analyse the underlying principles, as well as to design and optimize these processes.

At the end of the term, students will be capable of aligning a series of treatment steps based on a given raw water quality and a targeted treatment goal. They will be able to evaluate the available treatment options, select an appropriate alternative and defend their choice.

Learning methods and activities

The course uses elements from team-based learning, where conventional activities like lectures, exercises and lab work are combined. Throughout the semester, students receive feedback on their learning process by readiness assurance tests (RATs), which also contribute to the final grade. To learn working on larger projects and in a realistic setting, a semester project is part of the course. In this project, students tackle a real life problem and plan, refine and develop a solution. That solution will be presented in class at the end of the semester.

The course will be taught in English.

Further on evaluation

The assessment is based on graded assignments including the individual RATs (40%), the semester project (30%) and lab assignments (30%). All assignments and tests are given in English only. Assignments and the semester project will be a group assessment. In case of a failed course or voluntary retake of the course all parts of the assessment must be retaken.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

MWH's Water Treatment: Principles and Design
John C. Crittenden, R. Rhodes Trussell, David W. Hand, Kerry J. Howe, George Tchobanoglous
3rd Edition, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-470-40539-0

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TVM4145 5.3 01.09.2016
TVM4126 2.2 01.09.2016
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Work 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Work 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Work 30/100





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