Water and Wastewater Treatment and Engineering OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Level Course on Water Quality Management

Published Jan 02, 2009

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Protecting water quality through wastewater treatment systems and treatment of drinking water allows most first-world citizens to drink safely from the tap, a luxury not afforded to millions around the globe. Study this essential, often overlooked, engineering achievement through 'Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering,' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This free online course is recommended for students enrolled in a Master of Science, Master of Engineering or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil and Environmental Engineering degree program.

Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering: Course Specifics

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Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering: Course Description

This course offers a survey of the basic principles and engineering approaches to protecting and maintaining water quality. Professor Dr. Peter Shanahan at MIT in Cambridge teaches this course. The theory and system concepts for municipal wastewater treatment, conceptual designs for drinking water systems and models of both are covered as a means of introduction to the topic. Students will move on to study reactor theory and process kinetics. The physical, chemical and biological processes in action in the typical modern water treatment system are presented. Course readings will find students learning about sedimentation, filtration, biological digestion, disinfection, and the options for disposing of toxic byproducts of the treatment process. After taking this course, students will have a thorough understanding of the effort and scientific research involved in making water potable for the masses.

Readings, lecture notes, problem sets and two exams are included. For more information, visit the water and wastewater treatment and engineering course page.

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