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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENV6519
Tracking Number - 5053

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change the title of the course from "Advanced Physical and Chemical Processes" to "Physical and Chemical Processes for Groundwater Remediation" and Abbreviated Title to "Phys/Chem Processes GW Remed"
Comments: Elective for MEVE, MSEV, PhD in EnvEng. Title Change. GC Approved 10/12/15 - Pending Acct #; To USF Sys for Conc. 3/11/16; to SCNS 3/21/16. Approved effective 4/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-08-21
  2. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: TPA 10000 210400 000000 0000000
  5. Contact Person: Jeffrey Cunningham
  6. Phone: 8139749540
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ENV
  9. Number: 6519
  10. Full Title: Advanced Physical and Chemical Processes
  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?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Phys Oper/Chem Pro Envir Engr
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: ENV 6002 or instructor permission
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Theory and design of processes used in advanced water and wastewater treatment, including membrane processes, absorption, electrodialysis, ozonation, irradiation.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: More Accurate title; should attract more students
  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? Students in our MEVE degree program (Master of Environmental Engineering) are required to take 2 "processes"-based courses from a menu of options. This course is one of the processes courses available for students that enables them to fulfill the degree requirement.

    Students pursuing graduate degrees in Civil Engineering (particularly with a water resources focus), Chemical Engineering, or Geology (with a hydrogeology focus) would also probably find this course quite valuable.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? n/a
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctorate and expertise in the theory and application of physical and chemical processes commonly encountered in Environmental Engineering.
  29. Objectives: * To learn how some common physical and chemical processes are applied to solve environmental engineering problems;

    * To learn how the successful application of these processes depends upon chemical equilibrium, inter-phase mass transfer, and chemical reactions; and

    * To learn some of the factors that govern selection of an appropriate process to meet a desired environmental engineering goal.

  30. Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    * apply physical and chemical principles of environmental engineering to solve well-defined quantitative problems;

    * design engineered physical and chemical processes that meet specified environmental engineering goals within realistic constraints;

    * work in teams to design and estimate the cost of physical and chemical systems that meet specified requirements;

    * present their designs and cost estimates in a written report; and

    * present their designs and cost estimates in an oral presentation.

  31. Major Topics: This course emphasizes some physical/chemical processes that are often applied to groundwater remediation, but that also have applications to other aspects of environmental engineering (thereby making them relevant to areas besides remediation). Specifically, the course covers air stripping, carbon adsorption, and advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). These processes (or similar processes based on the same principles) show up in many engineering applications, not just in groundwater remediation; therefore, study of these physical/chemical processes will help students throughout their careers.
  32. Textbooks: "Water Treatment: Principles and Design", 3rd edition, published by Wiley.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: A course reader with relevant journal articles is available for purchase from ProCopy. It usually runs about $20 or $25.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 33% group homework, 33% exam, 33% group project
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The students complete about 8 weekly homework assignments during the first 8 weeks of the semester. After that, I give the students an exam based on the material we have covered. Then, the final 5 or 6 weeks of the semester are problem-based learning, focused around a design problem that I assign. The students must work in teams to design (and estimate the cost of) a system to clean up a stream of contaminated groundwater.
  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: Students who will not be available for an exam or other required in-class assignment should inform the instructor far enough before the exam (or other required event) to make alternate arrangements. Students who miss an examination 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 the instructor’s discretion whether a “make-up” exam will be offered. Make-up examinations may be administered orally at the instructor's discretion. For additional details, students are referred to the University Policy on Academic Integrity, USF Regulation 3.027. The portion of the Regulation pertaining to graduate students may be found on-line at:
  38. Program This Course Supports: graduate programs in Environmental Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geology

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