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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENV6510

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-03-26
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 11/28/11; appd 12/5/11; to GC 1/23/12; to USf 1/24/12; to SCNS 2/1/12. Approved eff 3/15/12

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2648 2011-10-27
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Civil and Environmental Engineering EN 0-2104-000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    James Mihelcic 8139749896

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ENV 6510 Sustainable Development Engineering

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100





    Course Description

    Study of the application of appropriate and sustainable engineering solutions and technology to control environmental pollutants found in a developing world setting and smaller communities in North America.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    B. 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?

    Students for the degree of Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering, Masters of Science in Civil Engineering and the environmental concentration in the degree of PhD in Civil Engineering may take this to satisfy electives for their degrees. It is required for Masters International Peace Corps Program

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students taking this course will: 1- apply engineering fundamentals and appropriate technology in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of engineering projects that serve people living in the developing world and smaller communities in the U.S., 2- learn how community-based engineering projects fit into larger, global issues of sustainable development, 3- develop an understanding of the important inter-relationship of public health and engineering; 4- incorporate environmental, societal, and economic considerations and community participation into engineering practice.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Successful understanding of major course topics.

    C. Major Topics

    Participatory Approaches, Project Management, Design of :Gravity Fed Water Systems, Water Storage Structures, Intake Structures, Rainwater Harvesting Systems. Hand Dug Wells and Manually Drilled Wells, Water Lifting Devices, Water Treatment, Wastewater Infrastructure and Sanitation, Alternative Construction Materials, Solid Waste Management, Indoor Air Pollution.

    D. Textbooks

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases


    Waterlines is an international journal of appropriate technologies for water supply and sanitation). Practical Action Publishing. Published quarterly. Available on-line at USF Library

    Note: The Waterlines editorial by Richard Carter from the June 2008 “re-launch” issue provides a good summary of Waterlines and the type of articles that they publish.

    RWSN-Rural Water Supply Network


    RWSN focuses on the following four flagship themes, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa: 1. Self Supply, 2. Cost-effective Boreholes, 3. Sustainable rural water supplies, 4. Handpump Technologies

    National Small Flows Clearinghouse, and Small Flows Magazine

    Other Sources of Information

    Journal of Water and Health,

    Septic Systems – A Practical Alternative for Small Communities, Pipelines, 15-3, 2004.

    Davis, J. and R. Lambert. Engineering in Emergencies-Second Edition, ITDG Publishing, 2002.

    Crites, R. and Tchobanoglous, G. Small and Decentralized Wastewater Management Systems. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1998.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Semester Projects-33 percent

    Assignment-33 percent

    Examination-33 percent

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Semester Project: Class members will work individually to develop a high quality critical literature review on a topic selected from a list provided by the instructors. The instructor is allowed to request at any time starting in February to immediately see a draft of your semester project for review and provide a mid-progress grade.

    H. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Requires instructor approval. Adherence to all University Policies regarding academic misconduct, cheating, and plagiarism is required (see USF REGULATION ‐3.02).

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS Environmental Engineering, MS Civil Engineering, PhD Civil Engineering

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Public Health- Global Health

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