Course syllabus

Urbana vatten
Urban Waters

VVAN05, 15 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED B/K
Date of Decision: 2020-03-27

General Information

Main field: Water Resources Engineering.
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The urban water system is an essential part of the infrastructure. In addition to providing safe drinking water to the citizens, the water and wastewater system is also a vital part of the environmental protection. A sustainable water handling is thus needed. We borrow the water from nature and have to treat it in such a way that we can give it back without a negative impact on the environment.

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge about water and wastewater engineering to be able to design and operate facilities for drinking-water, wastewater and storm-water management in urban areas.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course deals with the following areas of knowledge: 

Survey of water resources, water consumption and water quality
Treatment processes for potable water
Urban hydrology
Storm-water handling and treatment
Computer models on storm-water
Municipal and industrial wastewaster systems
Physical, chemical and biological treatment processes
Computer models on wastewater treatment
Sludge treatment
Small-scale wastewater management

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination. Project assignments, computer exercises and laboratory assignments. Oral and written presentation. The grade is based on the final written examination (Examination 2).

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Urban Water (Examination 1).
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written examination 1 Contents: Basic concepts in urban water management as well as the fundamentals of wastewater treatment are examined.
Code: 0217. Name: Mandatory Activities.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Oral and written presentations. Contents: Project assignments, computer modelling exercises and lab exercises.
Code: 0317. Name: Urban Water (Examination 2).
Credits: 7. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination 2 Contents: The final exam that examines storm water management, drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment and sludge treatment in an urban perspective.


Assumed prior knowledge: VVAF01 Water and Wastewater Technolgy and VVRA05/VVR145 Water or VVRA01/VVR111 Hydrology and Aquatic Ecology and VVRF10/VVR120 Fluid Mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VVA030

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Åsa Davidsson,
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