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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5311M Wastewater and Fecal Sludge Management

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

CIVE5310MWastewater and Fecal Sludge Management

Module replaces

CIVE5037M - Natural Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module provides a broad ranging overview of elements of natural wastewater and fecal sludge treatment systems and wastewater reuse. It also includes the design approaches for waste stabilization ponds; rock filters and constructued wetlands. Major natural wastewater treatment processes are covered in detail with the aim to deliver a comprehensive approach to public health engineering solutions in low-income countries, small communities and peri-urban areas, including wastewater and sludge reuse.


This module is aimed to provide the students with a strong base on low-cost technologies for delivering engineering solutions to sanitation, wastewater treatment and wastewater reuse in low-income countries, small communities and peri-urban areas. Specific objectives to this module are:

- Provide a systematic understanding of process design procedures for low-cost wastewater treatment systems, including waste stabilization ponds, rock filters, and constructed wetlands;
- Provide a systematic understanding of approaches to Fecal Sludge Management;
- Provide a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of main engineering topics related to wastewater and sludge use in agriculture and aquaculture.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Apply technical and engineering knowledge for selecting the most suitable low-cost sanitation facilities, wastewater treatment systems and wastewater/sludge reuse strategies.

Skills outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module, students would benefit from gaining valuable transfer skills such as: creative problem solving, critical thinking, independent working, communication skills and and informed decision making.


Low-cost wastewater treatment systems: Introduction to Natural Wastewater Treatment (NWT) systems; wastewater quality, flows and loads; overview of waste stabilization ponds (WSP); Anaerobic ponds; UASBs and high-rate anaerobic WSPs; Faculative ponds; Maturation ponds; Physical design and O&M of WSPs; Rock filters; Constructed wetlands.

Low-cost fecal sludge management; Introduction to sludge, drying, composting, digestion, methods for nutrient and energy recovery.

Wastewater reuse and discharge: Introduction to wastewater reuse and discharge; Effluent quality; Quantitative microbial risk analysis (QMRA); Guidelines for wastewater reuse in agriculture; Rural, urban and peri-urban wastewater irrigation; Wastewater reuse in aquaculture; Suitable NWT technologies to meet effluent quality standards for restricted and unrestricted irrigation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning110.0010.00
Private study hours109.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study will consist of reading and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Seminar: feedback will be given the same day of the oral presentation;
- Group project and project report: feedback before examination

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectWSP Design Project50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Re-sit - 100% online time-limited assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment5 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Re-sit - 100% online time-limited assessment

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2022 14:44:31


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