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 topics related to drinking water by critical examination of peer-reviewed papers. To train compiling and presenting the findings.

The focus will be on current and relevant topics such as desalination, activated carbon filtration, membrane technology, water resources and climate change, ground water protection, ground water management etc.


  • Understand complex drinking water treatment technologies
  • Combine information from different sources
  • Reflect on researchers’ findings, policies, legislation etc.


  • Critical review of scientific papers
  • Compile and give presentations based on a number of papers with opposing views on a given topic
  • Analyze information from different sources and present a structured summary 
  • Argue the pros and cons of the presented topic


  • Ability to apply critical thinking to scientific papers, reports, legislation
  • Ability to reflect on the implications of applying a given technology, law or approach in a given situation.
  • Ability to 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 a student prepare a presentation of 5-8 peer-reviewed papers (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.
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 topics. Main papers supplied by teacher, supplementary information found by students.




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

Type of examination:
Individual oral exam without preparation based upon course assignments.
The exam is in the form of an internal assessment.

Allowed tools:
All tools allowed


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



Henrik Bjørn

Valid from

2/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Course type

6. semester
Compulsory for the specialization Water Supply