autumn 2023
BYG-3613 Centralized wastewater treatment system - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The subject can be taken as an individual subject

Admission requirements

Water and sewage technology

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in construction engineering, civil engineering, water and sewerage engineering, environmental engineering, HVAC engineering and energy technology. Applicants with other subject combinations (water sciences, sanitary and environmental sciences, hydrology / hydraulics, etc.) are considered separately.

Regulations on admission to studies at UiT state that in order to be admitted to a master's degree program of 120 credits, there are requirements for specialization in subjects, courses or subject groups of a minimum of 80 credits or integrated education of a minimum of 120 credits. For the field of study Water and Sewerage Technology, the requirement for professional specialization in construction, water and sewerage technology, civil engineering and HVAC applies. Applicants with other specializations can be admitted after special assessment. Basic knowledge of water and drainage technology is recommended.

In addition, there is a requirement for basic knowledge of at least 25 credits in mathematics (cf. Mathematics 1, 2 and 3), at least 5 credits in statistics / probability and at least 7.5 credits in physics in accordance with the framework plan for the Bachelor of Engineering.

Application code: 9371

Recommended prerequisites: A basic course in chemistry and biology; water treatment or equivalent knowledge; water chemistry or equivalent knowledge; fluid mechanics.

Course content

The subject mainly covers the challenges in wastewater treatment; regulations, emission permits, control, authorities; Reactor hydraulics and process kinetics; mechanical wastewater treatment processes, chemical treatment processes: different unit operations employed for wastewater treatment such as coagulants, flocculation, separation, biological treatment processes, aerobic/anaerobic and activated sludge and biofilm processes, nitrogen removal and biological phosphorus removal; chemical and biological treatment; process selection and combinations; sludge treatment.

Wastewater collection system: operation and maintenance (O&M), with an emphasis on safe practices, and focuses on the knowledge and skills to identify system problems and select appropriate methods to solve them using proper processes simulation computer software.

Excursion to treatment plants to learn how unit processes are integrated into practice and operational challenges.

Objectives of the course

After passing the course, students must have the following learning outcomes.


Students will have a deeper theoretical understanding of the most important treatment processes, best practices and how to optimize the operation of a treatment plant. They must have a basic understanding of the challenges related to sewage or wastewater treatment in Norway and internationally, as well as the rules and regulations for the treatment and disposal of wastewater and sludge.

Professional skills:

Students should be able to understand the possibilities and limitations of different unit processes and their compatibility when integrating the systems. Students should be able to choose suitable process combinations and be able to evaluate the cleaning results. In addition, students develop a skill to identify collection system problems and select appropriate methods to solve it.

General competence:

The students must be able to identify operational errors or weaknesses at a treatment plant and have basic knowledge in problem solving. They should also have expertise in the possibilities of simulation programs and control systems in general.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures 4 x 1 weeks (a total of 20 working days), including team-based learning and exercises. To learn working on larger projects and in a realistic setting, project work is a part of the course, and students tackle a real-life problem and plan, refine and develop a solution. That solution will be presented in class as a part of the course assessment.

Computer exercises with process simulation programs, and excursion to treatment plants to learn how unit processes are integrated into practice and operational challenges.

Error rendering component

Re-sit examination

There will be offered re-sit exam in both assignments and in written school exam.

Info about the weighting of parts of the examination

Two assignments accounts 40%

One written exam accounts 60%

  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BYG-3613
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