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INP9087498, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track SOIL, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 LAVAGNOLO MARIA CRISTINA (Presidente)
RAGA ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic concepts of Environmental Sanitary Engineering, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Microbiology
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to enlighten the state of the art in technology, organizational and legislative developments and practices and financial burdens and benefits of handling solid wastes.
The course provides an understanding of technical issues and the management of solid wastes.
It considers solid waste policy (both domestic and international), and examines appropriate methods of storage, collection, transfer, treatment and disposal appropriate for industrialised and developing
At the end students will be able
- to understand the principles and techniques of solid waste management, including the legislative, environmental, technical, economic and social drivers
- to define the proper solution for a sustainable SWM in the specific environment
- to design the proper SW collection system
- to calculate the mass, energy and costs balance of the different treatment systems
- to identify and design a SW treatment master plan
Examination methods: The exam consists of two parts:
FIRST PART: 30% of the total exam is a group project carried out during the course on a topic proposed by the teacher. At the end of the course, the groups will present their project through a presentation at the class. Each group is free to choose the IT tool and the technology for the presentation;
SECOND PART: 70% of the total exam is a written exam (2.5 hours) on the topics covered in class. In the written exam, both theoretical questions and exercises will be proposed. Some initial questions are considered mandatory to pass the exam.
Dates of the exam will be decided and shared at the beginning of the course.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation is based on the results of the written exam (for 70%) and the project carried out during the course (for 30%).

The exam will be evaluated by assigning a score to each question.

The group project will be evaluated according to three criteria:
accuracy of the contents, exhibition capacity (effectiveness of communication), graphics used (tables, figures.....).
Course unit contents: Waste management systems and strategies:
the EU hierarchy of waste; the Rs and 3Ss concepts; from triangle to circle; the "Zero Waste" theory
Waste production and quality in the world.
Analysis and characterisation of waste: RI, B21, Heating values, TS, VS, others.
Glance at the current international legislations about waste management.
Resource recovery and disposal of residues
Waste collection and transport: vehicles and transport stations
Separate collection and material recovery: different collection possibilities (door to door, curbside bins, containers, etc), volume of the bins, cost analysis.
Mechanical selection schemes and processes, efficiencies and different possibilities.
Separation of single fractions.
Recycling and recovery processes of material (paper, plastics, glass, etc.).
RDF (refuse derived fluel) production and possibilities.
Bio-stabilization processes for the biodegradable fraction: low and high quality composting process and different technologies.
Energy recovery from waste:
thermal processes (gasification, pyrolisis, incinerator); anaerobic digestion: different energy recovery possibilities and different technologies and plant
Management and disposal of residues.
Landfill technologies and design: strategies, materials, barriers.
Processes in landfills: aerobic, semi-aerobic, anaerobic and hybrid landfill.
Leachate collection design.
Leachate treatment and technologies; cost analysis.
Biogas collection design and treatment.
Top cover systems and closure of landfills.
Applications in developing and low income countries.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes frontal teaching, presentations and discussion of case studies, exercises, group activities on assignements.
A group project will be carried on during the course.

The course is based on the active learning methodology, using also on line instruments.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In the moodle platform of the course (available on the ICEA department website) all the material used for the lessons is available, including the power point presentations projected during the lessons.

The following books is strongly suggested:
Solid waste Landfilling: concepts, processes, technologies, R. Cossu & R. Stegmann, Elsevier
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Raffaello Cossu, Rainer Stegmann, Solid waste Landfilling: concepts, processes, technologies. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2019. ISBN: 978-0-12-818336-6
  • Christensen Thomas H., Solid Waste Technology and Management. UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Flipped classroom
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Peer feedback
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

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)
  • padlet, mentimer

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Gender Equality Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land Partnerships for the Goals