VM8207 - Environmental Engineering Field Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 1/3
Approved report 1/3
Approved report 1/3

Course content

This is a field/laboratory- based course with focus on field and laboratory work in environmental engineering. The topics include field work for urban stream hydraulics and metabolism. Stormwater management, how to design a sampling program, types of samples, grab versus time series. Lake hydrology and physical lake properties, including stratification, dissolved oxygen gradients. Determining limiting nutrients in lake systems and design of monitoring program. Field work for drinking water and waste water treatment, sampling points and type of samples. Focus on field techniques and laboratory analysis, water quality measurements, and data analysis. The duration of the course is 3 weeks, with 7.5 credits (studiepoeng). The course is made up of 14 days of teaching with 4 hours of teaching /field work each day + 2 hours of data analysis and report writing. Resulting in a total 84 hours.

Learning outcome

The candidate should have knowledge on the important stream hydraulics and metabolism especially linked to urban streams. Know measurement techniques for discharge, and measurement techniques to measure metabolism and characterize the hydraulics of the stream. In addition the candidate should be able to process collected field data to solve hydrologic and water quality problems typically found in an urban setting. The candidate should be able to design a measurement campaign to characterize the waterbody or watershed (stormwater, lakes, and rivers) both from a hydrologic and water quality point of view. Further more the candidate should acquire the skills to identify types of data to collect, analysis to perform, where to look up procedures for laboratory work and field samples.

Learning methods and activities

Every week will have 1-2 days with lectures and background information followed by 2-3 days of field work and one day for data analysis and report writing.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MTBYGG)
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to a PhD-Programme. Note that if you wish to follow the course the semester it runs, but are not affiliated with the PhD programme in Engineering, please contact

Course materials

Copies from articles and books in addition to course material presented during lectures (slides)

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Water Supply and Wastewater Systems
  • Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Approved report 1/3 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 1/3 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 1/3 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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