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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENV6438
Tracking Number - 3074

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to gc. Approved 10/28/13 - ELECTIVE OPTION for MEVE. to USF Sys 11/21/13; to SCNS 12/3/13. Approved Effective 4/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-01-24
  2. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 0-2104-0000
  5. Contact Person: Jeffrey Cunningham
  6. Phone: 8139749540
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ENV
  9. Number: 6438
  10. Full Title: Physical & Chemical Processes for Treatment of Drinking Water
  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): Drinking Water Treatment
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Theory, analysis, and design of physical and chemical processes typically used for treatment of U.S. public water supply. Restricted to students with a bachelor's degree in engineering or a passing grade (C or better) in ENV 4001 or ENV 6002.

  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? Drinking water treatment is a core topic for the field of Environmental Engineering. Our Env Eng grad students really need a good class in drinking water treatment. I am offering the class this semester as a "Special Topics" class, but really we need a permanent class in this very vital area of our discipline.
  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.) Sufficient experience with the theory, analysis, and design of drinking-water treatment processes, as exhibited by specialization during graduate study, demonstrated record of academic research, and/or history of employment.
  29. Objectives: During this semester, students should learn:

    • how the quality of our municipal drinking water affects public health;

    • the physical, chemical, and biological conditions and standards required for “safe” public water supply;

    • which physical and chemical processes are commonly used to treat municipal drinking water to acceptable quality;

    • the scientific bases and engineering principles that govern the effectiveness of common drinking-water treatment processes; and

    • the nature of some of the most important challenges currently facing public drinking-water utilities.

  30. Learning Outcomes: The work completed by students in this course should help those students to attain:

    • an ability to apply physical and chemical principles of environmental engineering;

    • an ability to design physical and chemical processes for large-scale centralized treatment of municipal drinking water;

    • an ability to function on teams;

    • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve environmental engineering problems; and

    • an ability to communicate effectively.

  31. Major Topics: Water quality requirements; rate processes and reactor design; particulate removal (coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration); disinfection; removal of dissolved organic contaminants; treatment process combinations; cost analysis. May include advanced topics such as ion exchange, softening, or membrane filtration. Emphasis on applications to water supply.
  32. Textbooks: Preferred textbook:

    Howe KJ, Hand DW, Crittenden JC, Trussell RR, Tchobanoglous G, Principles of Water Treatment. John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

    But, if students already have the following, it will be fine:

    Crittenden JC, Trussell RR, Hand DW, Howe KJ, Tchobanoglous G, Water Treatment: Principles and Design, 2nd edition or 3rd edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2005 or 2012 (depending on edition).

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: I am developing a set of supplementary materials, journal articles, etc. These will get turned into a course packet that would be available for purchase at Pro-Copy (5219 E Fowler Ave.), probably about $20-$25.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 25% homework

    16.7% midterm exam

    25% project

    33.3% final exam

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Approximately 7 homework assignments to be completed in groups.

    Semester project is a research paper on a topic selected by the student(s), to be completed either individually or in groups of up to 4 students, as selected by the students.

    Midterm exam in class, to be completed individually.

    Final exam at the time set by the registrar, to be completed individually.

  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: I read the university policy on academic integrity at this web site:

    It did not seem to pertain to any policy on make-up work. I think perhaps I do not understand this question. But here is what it says in my syllabus:

    • Students who will not be available for an exam should inform me far enough before the exam to make alternate arrangements.

    • Students who miss the exam unexpectedly (e.g., due to sudden illness, family emergency, or other unforeseen circumstances) must provide documentation or evidence of the reason for missing the exam. It will then be up to my discretion whether a "make-up" exam will be offered.

  38. Program This Course Supports: MSCE, MSEV, MEVE, MCE, MSES, PhD in Civil Engineering, PhD in Environmental Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: I want to explain my answers to questions AA and AB, above. Students in our MEVE program are required to take a certain number of process-based classes from a "menu" of choices. This class will be included in the menu of choices. Therefore it could be considered "part of the core program requirement," or it could be considered an "elective" -- I am not sure.

    Besides Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students, other students who might take this class include:

    Civil Engineering undergraduates

    Chemical Engineering undergrad or grad students

    Environmental Health (College of Public Health) graduate students

    Environmental Science & Policy (Dept of Geography) graduate students

- if you have questions about any of these fields, please contact or