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School of Engineering
Course unit
INM0014867, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0510, Degree course structure A.Y. 2012/13, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/03 Environmental and Health Engineering 12.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 12.0 96 204.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2012 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
12 2019 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 LAVAGNOLO MARIA CRISTINA (Presidente)
PIVATO ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
RAGA ROBERTO (Supplente)
11 2018 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 LAVAGNOLO MARIA CRISTINA (Presidente)
RAGA ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Elementi di Microbiologia Organica e Biochimica- II year course
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge:
- of the types of pollution and of the effects on the environment (sources and phenomena of pollution);
- of the main processes and of the main treatment units for solid and liquid waste;
- of the main design and management parameters of the liquid and solid waste treatment plants and of the decontamination plants.
- ability to define the potential polluting effects of each type of pollutant in relation to the ecosystem involved;
- know how to verify the functionality of solid and liquid waste treatment plants.
- development of decision-making skills for choosing the best design solution (BAT best available technology) and for the management that can be adopted from the point of view of environmental and economic sustainability.
Examination methods: To evaluate the different skills and learned abilities, the exam is arranged in three parts:
1. Final written examination
2. Quiz tests
3. Project
Assessment criteria: Final written examination: 60%
Quiz tests : 20%
Project: 20%
Course unit contents: Physical, chemical and biological characteristics of water, wastewater and solid wastes.
Water pollution phenomena:
river pollution (oxygen sag curve, oxygenation models);
lake pollution (eutrophication, thermal characteristics of lakes, nutrients role, eutrophic index, mathematical models, interventions); 
sea pollution (dilution and transport phenomena, pollution and auto-depuration phenomena, interventions, submarine pipeline). Atmospheric pollution and control.
Treatment options:
 physical units (mass transport, gas transfer, mixing, sedimentation, separation units, filtration, membrane filtration).
 Chemical units: 
ionic exchange, oxidation and disinfection, chemical precipitaton.
Biological units: aerobic and anaerobic, kinetics, different reactors, residential time, sludge age, suspended ans fixed biomass.
 Physical-chemical units:coagulation and flocculation, adsorption. 
Laboratory exercise.
Waste water treatment plants. 
Waste water characteristics, flow rate calculation. Different wastewater treatment schemes. Different schemes of nitrification-denitrification process; phosphorous removal.
 Disinfection process and treatments. Sludge treatments: anaerobic and aerobic treatments; conditioning and dewatering.
Solid waste treatment plants.
Waste characteristics and production. Integrated solid waste management. problems related to the separated collection and recycle of the municipal solid waste. Environmental impacts of the waste treatment plants. Plants for material recovery. Biological treatment plants: anaerobic and aerobic reactors; composting. Plants for energy recovery and atmospheric pollution control. Landfilling. Leachate and biogas treatment.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Face to face lessons.
Seminars with experts.
Visit to treatment plants.
Design activity during exercise time.
Project during lesson period with final document and presentation.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Handout, slide and texts are available on the website of the course degree. To be connected to the web site, course attendance is compulsory .

Students not attending the lessons, are suggested to prepare the examination with the suggested books
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Tchobanoglous, George, Wastewater engineeringtreatment and resource recoveryMetcalf & Eddy/AECOMrevised by George Tchobanoglous ... [et al.]contributing authors Mohammad Abu-Orf, Gregory Bowden, William Pfrang. New York: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Ekama, Biological Wastewater Treatment. --: IWA Publishing, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • L. Bonomo, Trattamento delle acque di rifiuto. --: McGraw-Hill, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • De_Fraja Frangipane, Eugenio; Cossu, Raffaello, Scarico controllato di RSUa cura di Raffaello Cossu, Eugenio de Fraja Frangipane. Milano: C.I.P.A., --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Christensen, Thomas H.; Cossu, Raffaello, Landfilling of waste: Leachateedited by T. H. Christensen, R. Cossu, R. Stegmann. London [etc.]: Taylor & Francis, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vismara, Renato, Depurazione biologicateoria e processiRenato Vismara. Milano: U. Hoepli, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cossu, Raffaello; Sloot, Hans : van der, Sustainable landfillingedited by Raffaello Cossu, Hans van der Sloot. Padova: CISA, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Learning contract/agreement

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Top Hat (active quiz, quiz)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Partnerships for the Goals