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Selection of water and sanitation system

Additional course evaluations for TE0021

Academic year 2020/2021

Selection of water and sanitation system (TE0021-20144) 2020-10-26 - 2021-01-17

TE0021 Selection of water and sanitation system, 10.0 Credits

Val av VA-system

Syllabus approved



Technology Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle


Title Credits Code
Project 8.00 1002
Exam 2.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, other second-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1F)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits, including
- 70 credits in Technology/Technique
- 15 credits in Chemistry
- 10 credits in Biology and
- 15 credits in Soil Science or Earth Sciences

Knowledge on advanced level equivalent to 20 credits in Distribution and Treatment of Drinking Water, Automatic Control, Municipal and Industrial Wastewater Treatment and On-site wastewater systems, nutrient recovery and sewage sludge treatment (see also Additional information).

Knowledge equivalent to Swedish 3 and English 5 from Swedish Upper Secondary School.


After passing the course the student should have a holistic understanding of and ability to analyze society’s water and wastewater systems in order to be able to compare different choices of systems, as well as have knowledge of new solutions for sustainable water and sanitation systems.

On completion of the course the student should be able to:
- Critically evaluate and analyze water and wastewater systems, i.e. their flows of water, plant nutrients and contaminants, health related risks, and their impact on resource use and the environment
- Select and apply relevant criteria for evaluating these systems with respect to sustainable and appropriate technology, as well as apply relevant models and tools for planning and implementing water and sanitation projects
- Plan and implement a water and sanitation project in accordance with relevant tools and complete the project in accordance to plan, as well as evaluate its performance against relevant criteria
- Identify relevant advanced literature and interpret it within a completed water and sanitation project, as well as be able to communicate the results of the project orally and in writing in a way that is well suited to the target group.


Through lectures, literature and project assignments, the following contents are treated in the course:
- Water supply and wastewater treatment – historical background and future challenges in Sweden and internationally
- Relevant laws and regulations in Sweden and the EU
- The impact of the water and sanitation system on health, environment and resources, including basic risk assessments
- Criteria for evaluation of sustainable water and sanitation systems and models for planning and evaluation of water and sanitation projects
- Methods for evaluation and analysis of water and sanitation systems, e.g. substance flow analysis and life cycle analysis.

Implementation, reporting and presenting a water and sanitation project is a central part of the course. The project can involve investigations of:
- water and sanitation services for a peri-urban areas
- improvement of services for slums or on-site systems for a single household
- optimizing the control system for an activated sludge process
- evaluation of future solutions for water and sanitation services.

Main activities in the course are:
- Scheduled activities: lectures, student-centered workshop (compulsory), supervision and presentation of project work (compulsory), written examination and evaluation
- Group activities outside of scheduled times: group assignments
- Individual studies outside of scheduled times: literature studies.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written examination, passed implementation and written and oral presentation of the project work, and approved participation at the compulsory parts of the course.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is given in cooperation with the Departments of Information Technology and Earth Sciences, Uppsala University. The course is part of the semester block "Sustainable water- and sanitation systems" in the Water and Environment Engineering program and is intended to be taken only in combination with the other courses in this block.

The prerequisite of knowledge on advanced level can be fulfilled by taking the courses 1TV441 Distribution and Treatment of Drinking Water, 1RT495 Automatic Control II, 1RT361 Municipal and Industrial Wastewater Treatment and TN0320 On-site wastewater systems, nutrient recovery and sewage sludge treatment, during the current semester.

Responsible department

Department of Energy and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: TE0010
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Master Programme in Environmental and Water Engineering Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 25369 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Technology Technology
Course code: TE0021 Application code: SLU-20105 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 65%