SRJC Course Outlines

9/15/2019 8:00:13 PMWWTR 120 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  WWTR 120Title:  WASTEWATER TREATMENT 1  
Full Title:  Wastewater Treatment 1
Last Reviewed:3/26/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ENVT 120

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to wastewater treatment plant operations and the role of the operator. Topics covered include the origins and characteristics of wastewater, wastewater collection and treatment systems, and associated mathematical computations. Emphasis is given to the skills and knowledge necessary for the students to take the State of California's Wastewater Operator Certification examination Grade 1.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion or Current Enrollment in WWTR 112


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
An introduction to wastewater treatment plant operations and the role of the operator. Topics covered include the origins and characteristics of wastewater, wastewater collection and treatment systems, and associated mathematical computations. Emphasis is given to the skills and knowledge necessary for the students to take the State of California's Wastewater Operator Certification examination Grade 1.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion or Current Enrollment in WWTR 112
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Recognize and explain the processes commonly used to treat domestic and industrial waste
    and the purpose of each.
2.  Apply mathematical formulas commonly used to characterize wastewater and control
    treatment processes.
3.  Explain the requirements of California Title 23 and qualify to take the State of California
    Water Resources Control Board, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification
    examination Grade 1.
4.  Be prepared to take the CWEA (California Water Environment Association) voluntary tests
    for certification in Collection System Maintenance and/or Wastewater Treatment Plant
    Maintenance.

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During this course, the student will:
1. Recognize and properly apply both the metric and English units used in the field of
    wastewater treatment to describe concentration, flow, volume, mass, energy, strength,
    or other characteristics.
2. Define and correctly use standard terminology related to wastewater collection and treatment
    systems.
3. Recognize safety hazards and comply with standard record keeping and safety requirements.
4. Troubleshoot common wastewater treatment operational process problems and make decisions
    about appropriate corrective actions to take.
5. Identify common microorganisms used in wastewater operations and the common disease
    causing organisms found in wastewater.
6. Recognize chemical symbols, properties and reactions.
7. Apply mathematical formulas to computations involving concentration and mass.
8. Describe the effects of temperature on biological processes and chemical reactions.
9. Apply nutrient cycle concepts to wastewater process control and problem solving.
10. Recognize classes of contaminants found in wastewater and describe their relationship to
    waste water treatment.
11. Define coliform organism and describe the test procedures used in measuring disinfection
    effectiveness.
12. Describe components and operations of the common types of pumps used in wastewater
    treatment processes.
13. Discuss the laws governing wastewater treatment operators and penalties that may be applied
    to operators and facilities.
14. Access reference sources appropriate to operational problems in the wastewater treatment
    field.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Introduction to Wastewater Operations
    A. History of wastewater treatment
    B. Treatment plant operator roles and responsibilities
    C. Overview of wastewater plant treatment facilities and processes
    D. Standard terminology used in:
         1. Wastewater treatment
         2. Collection systems
         3. Industrial waste treatment
   E. Plant safety and good housekeeping
   F. Reference sources appropriate to operational problems
II.  Wastewater Conveyance Infrastructure
   A. Sanitary sewer including laterals and mains
   B. Combined sewer
   C. STEP (septic tank effluent pumping) sewer
   D. Vacuum sewer
   E. Collection systems
         1. Design parameters
         2. Operational considerations
         3. Maintenance and operations
III. Pretreatment
    A. Processes: racks, screens and comminutors
    B. Equipment
    C. Design parameters
    D. Methods of operation
IV.  Primary Treatment Processes: Sedimentation and Flotation
    A. Design parameters
    B. Equipment
    C. Methods of operation
V. Biological Factors in Wastewater Treatment
    A. Nutrients
    B. Temperature
    C. Photosynthesis and cell respiration
    D. Sterilization
    E. Types of organisms
         1. Identification of useful indicator organisms
         2. Wastewater pathogens
VI. Secondary Treatment
    A. Filtration
         1. Trickling filters
         2. Rotating biological contactors
         3. Hybrid devices
    B. Sludge digestion and solids handling
    C. Activated sludge control process calculations
         1. Recirculation ratio
         2. Hydraulic loading
         3. Organic loading
    D. Clarifiers
         1. Detention time
         2. Surface settling rate
         3. Organic loading rate
         4. Weir overflow rate
VII. Overview of Wastewater Sample Collection and Preservation
    A. For BOD (biochemical oxygen demand)
    B. For TSS (total suspended solids)
     C. For coliform organisms
    D. Other sampling methods
    E. Chain of Custody
VIII. Overview of Centrifugal and Positive Displacement Pumps
    A. Pump operations related to wastewater treatment plants
    B. Considerations for selecting appropriate type of pump for pumping applications
IX. Operation of Wastewater Treatment Ponds
    A. Design and operational control
    B. Methods of aeration
    C. Process control calculations
         1. Surface loading rate
         2. Organic loading rate
X. Disinfection and Chlorination Methods
    A. Chemical
    B. Other
    C. Test procedures
     D. Safety
XI.  Disposal
    A.  Effluent disposal
         1. Waterways
         2. Reclaimed/recycled
         3. Groundwater recharge
    B. Solids disposal
         1. Land application
         2. Burial
         3. Grease/scum treatment
         4. Compost
XII. Maintenance    
     A. Preventive
    B. Planned
     C. Scheduling
XIII. Regulatory Requirements and Exam Preparation
    A. Data collection and analysis
    B. Records and report writing
    C. California Title 23 requirements
    D. State of California Water Resources Control Board Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification exam
    E. CWEA voluntary certification test
         1. Collection System Maintenance
         2. Wastewater Treatment Plant Maintenance
    F. Renewal requirements
    G. Education and experience requirements for certification grades

Assignments:
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1. Reading assignments (25-40 pages per week)
2. Weekly problem solving homework assignments
3. Project 1: Math problems relating to the operation of the model treatment plant
4. Project 2: Wastewater treatment plant tour and observation report (10-20 pages)  
5. Quizzes (10-15)
6. Midterm and Final exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
Project 2 (observation report)
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 25%
Homework problems; Project 1 (math problems)
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
45 - 60%
Quizzes and exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volume I. 7th ed. Kerri, Ken. California State University of Sacramento. 2008 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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