Tool Box Drinking Water





Offered by

Supply Engineering




Completion of semester 1-4 in Climate and Supply Engineering or similar.

Main purpose

To enable the student to carry out an in-depth analysis of drinking water topics by critical examination of peer-reviewed papers and by analysis of data contained in databases. To train compiling and presenting of findings.

The focus is on current and relevant water treatment topics and water treatment data. Treatment topics may include desalination, disinfection, activated carbon filtration, arsenic removal.


At the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to…
• Describe the typical structure of a peer-reviewed paper.
• Describe complex drinking water treatment technologies.
• Describe a variety of data metrics used in drinking water treatment.



At the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to…
• Review scientific papers in a critical manner.
• Perform literature searches to identify supplemental references.
• Analyze and compile information from different sources and potentially opposing views on a topic.
• Present a structured summary of a given topic in class using oral and visual techniques.
• Argue the pros and cons of the presented topic.


At the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to…
• Apply critical thinking to scientific papers, reports, legislation.
• Evaluate implications of applying a given technology, law or approach in a given situation.
• Compare different technologies, policies etc., in different settings.


The specific topics for analysis and presentation will be decided in the beginning of the course depending on relevance and actuality. Students will present the topics in turns.

Teaching methods and study activities

All classes are seminars where students prepare a presentation individually from 4-7 peer-reviewed papers (some chosen by teacher) on a given topic. The presentation is followed by a group discussion of the implications of the presented drinking water related technology, legislation, policy, etc.
Individual information retrieval to supplement the papers, data analysis, discussions in groups assisted by the lecturer.
Each student will present approximately 3 topics during the semester.
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: 5%
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 30%
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 15%
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 50%


Peer reviewed papers depending on which topics are chosen. Papers supplied by teacher; and supplementary papers found by students.




Mandatory course assignments completed, handed in before deadline, and accepted.

Type of examination:
Ongoing assessment of presentations, weighing 50% and an individual oral exam based upon the topics presented during the course, weighing 50%.
The oral exam is in the form of an internal assessment.

Allowed tools:
All tools allowed

Same as ordinary exam

Grading criteria

Grading based on the Danish 7-grade scale.
Based on 1) presentations (account for 50%) and 2) examination (account for 50%).

Additional information



Loren Ramsay

Valid from

2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM

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