Applied Wastewater Quality





Offered by

Supply Engineering




Main purpose

Through information retrieval, discussions, presentations and laboratory exercises to provide the student with knowledge in and hands-on experience with current topics related to wastewater quality.


- Usage and application of basic laboratory equipment
- Possible methods for characterization of wastewater quality and their application
- Sampling and analytical techniques methods
- Composition of wastewater and its significance in wastewater treatment
- Recognition of wastewater properties in assignation for different wastewater treatment methods
- Ability to find the dependency between tested parameters
- Basic characteristics of different treatment methods considering selected technologies


- Calibration methods of electrodes and pipettes
- Advanced application of Hach-Lange cuvettes for indication of different parameters in wastewater quality
- Calculation of dilution factors and concentration levels for different samples and chemicals
- Standards for wastewater characterization
- Analytical methods in indication of wastewater properties
- Principles and application of characterization methods
- Reading of the wastewater discharge quality reports for different industries


- Analyze a situation with undesirable wastewater discharge quality or improving existing method for control and treatment, including: How to collect data and select the appropriate analyses, How to cope with the consumers and the legislation, etc.
- Indicate wastewater streams for different industries and its production lines
- Characterize wastewater samples with respect to physical, chemical and microbiological parameters
- Obtain and evaluate empirical data from laboratory experiments
- Report results from laboratory analyses
- Compare and evaluate the application of physical, chemical and microbiological wastewater analyses
- Assign wastewater stream to a given wastewater treatment method


- Describe various aspects of wastewater sources and its quality (physical, chemical and microbiological)
- Explain causes of different contamination scenarios
- Have knowledge of quality criteria (Danish/European wastewater discharge legislation, and supplemental parameters)
- Understand principles of wastewater sampling and analysis
- Be able to apply principles of wastewater analyses (physical, chemical and microbiological)
- Perform laboratory analysis on different wastewater streams
- Analyze results of lab experiments, discuss the results and relate the results to the scientific papers and other literature used in the course
- Understand the use of extended wastewater treatment methods

Teaching methods and study activities

Individual information retrieval, laboratory work, data analysis, report writing, discussions in groups assisted by the lecturer, presentations, self-study, homework assignments.
137.5 hours of work for the student.
Study Activity Model
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:
Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 37,5 lesson – 27%
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 40 hours – 29%
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 40 hours – 29 %
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 20 hours – 15%


  • Søborg, D. and Glab. A. 2018. Compendium of laboratory protocols for wastewater analyses.
  • Henze etc. 1996 ; Environmental Engineering; chapter 1 and 2
  • Metcalf & Eddy, 2003. Wastewater Engineering Treatment and Reuse, Chapters: 1, 2 and 3
  • Spellmann, F. 2003. Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations, chosen topics from chapter 18
  • Schade, Karl-Heinz. Light Microscopy, Technology and Application. Verlag Moderne Industrie
  • etc.




Mandatory assignments handed in before deadline and accepted.

Type of examination:
Individual oral examination with an internal examiner.
Exam is without preparation and based upon course assignment(s)

Allowed tools:
All tools allowed

Method will be similar to the ordinary exam. 

Grading criteria

Grading based on the Danish 7 point scale (Based on 1. Wastewater quality report, 2. Experimental report, 3. Oral examination in reports)
Course assignments account for  50 % of final grade
Oral exam account for 50 % of final grade

Additional information



Agnieszka Behrend

Valid from

2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM

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