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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENV6564
Tracking Number - 2250

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-08-10
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: recd 1/19/10; to Grad Counc 3/1/10; apprvd 3/15/10; Catalog Prep 4/10; to SCNS Liaison 5/10/10; problem /pre-req ENV 6511 invalid ; dept emailed 6/22/10; pr confirmed EES 6107; SCNS notifd 7/2/10. SCNS apprvd. Effect. 8/1/2010. # 6668 chg to 6564. Posted

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-12-31
  2. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2104
  5. Contact Person: Sarina Ergas
  6. Phone: 41119
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ENV
  9. Number: 6564
  10. Full Title: Environmental Engineering Design
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Environmental Eng Design
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: ENV 6002, EES 6107
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: An engineering design experience for Environmental Engineering graduate students. Students will work in teams on real world design projects in water or wastewater treatment. Prereq: Physical/Chemical Principles and Biological Principles of Env Eng.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed to compete with national trends
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The graduate programs in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at USF currently have over 100 students in them. We anticipate that this course will be very popular among students who wish to pursue careers in Environmental Engineering Consulting or to work for Municipal or Regulatory Agencies. The hands on design experience that students will gain through this course will make them much more competitive in the Environmental Engineering job market. In addition, the students will gain experience writing engineering reports and giving oral presentations, which will assist them with their careers. Dr. Ergas has taught such a course previously at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The course was very popular and we consistently received feedback from graduates of the Environmental Engineering program there that it was one of the most beneficial courses of their program of study.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Professional Engineering (PE) License
  29. Objectives: 1. To become familiar with the design process for water and wastewater treatment projects. This includes establishing design criteria, technical aspects of treatment process design, cost estimation, and working in a design team.

    2. To learn how to prepare engineering design reports and make technical oral presentations.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Familiarity with, and use of, modern engineering techniques, skills and tools, including analysis and interpretation of data, used to solve wastewater treatment design problems.

    2. Ability to apply fundamental knowledge of science and mathematics in conjunction with modern engineering techniques, skills and tools for the design of wastewater treatment facilities.

    3. An understanding of the impact of environmental engineering on society, the professional and ethical responsibilities of environmental engineers, and the need to engage in life-long learning.

    4. An ability to communicate effectively in public, within a design team, and to a “client” both orally and in writing.

    5. Experience in working productively with others who possess different technical skills and backgrounds to design wastewater treatment systems to meet specified criteria.

  31. Major Topics: Wastewater treatment

    Drinking water treatment

    Sustainable Engineering

    Environmental Engineering Design

    Process modeling

    Current environmental challenges

    Environmental Regulations and Standards

    Environmental Ethics

    The Environmental Engineering Profession

  32. Textbooks: 1. Metcalf and Eddy, Wastewater Engineering, 4th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2003.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Rittmann, B.E. and McCarty, P.L. (2001) Environmental Biotechnology, Principles and Applications, McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA.

    Viessman, W and Hammer, MJ (2009) Water Supply and Pollution Control 8th edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ, ISBN: 978-0-13-233717-5.

    Water Environment Federation (1998) Biological and Chemical Systems for Nutrient Removal, WEF Press, Alexandria, VA, ISBN 978-1-57278-123-8

    Water Environment Federation (2009) Wastewater Solids Incineration Systems — MOP 30, WEF Press, Alexandria VA, ISBN 978-0-07-161471-9

    Water Environment Federation and International Water Association (2003) Wastewater Treatment Plant Design, WEF Press, Alexandria, VA, ISBN 978-1-57278-177-1

    Water Environment Federation and American Society of Civil Engineers (2009), Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants - Manual of Practice (MOP ) 8, 5th edition, V1: Planning and Configuration of Wastewater Treatment Plants, V2: Liquid Treatment Processes, V3: Solids Processing and Management, WEF Press, Alexandria, VA, ISBN: 978-0-07-166358-8

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Course grades will be based on the following:

    1. Attendance at in-class presentations by instructors and environmental engineering professionals.

    2. Participation in class field trips to wastewater treatment facilities.

    3. Periodic meetings, consultations and formal progress reports with the course instructors by each design team to discuss progress of work and address technical issues.

    4. Oral presentation of results of preliminary reports by each design team to the class members and invited public.

    5. Preparation of written engineering design report by design teams comprised of 4-5 students.

    6. Evaluations by team members regarding contributions to the team report and presentations.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1. Initial proposal showing task list, schedule and team member's individual responsibilities.

    2. Weekly meetings with "clients" to discuss progress on projects and answer questions.

    3. Two formal progress reports.

    4. Final oral presentation on results of design project.

    5. Final engineering report including: a) executive summary, b) problem statement, c) objectives, d) scope of work, e) background, f) methodology, g) results, h) conclusions and recommendations.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: All students in the team are collectively responsible for what is presented and submitted by the group. Each student will be asked to fill out an anonymous form at the end of the semester grading the participation all members of the team.

    The USF Academic Integrity Policy applies and can be found at The policy covers plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, forgery, obstruction, multiple submissions, assisting another person in acts of academic dishonesty and computer misuse.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Environmental Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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