École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Dr. Linda Strande

Instructor: Dr. Linda Strande


(644 reviews)

Intermediate level
Some related experience required
21 hours to complete
3 weeks at 7 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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There are 5 modules in this course

This first week of this course includes an overview of what faecal sludge is, and the importance of an integrated approach to faecal sludge management. It provides an introduction to what is currently lacking, weak links in the service chain, and also presents positive examples of what is working.

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8 videos6 readings

The second week of this course is based on an integrated engineering design approach, and will introduce fundamentals and required information for the design and selection of technologies, including objectives, mechanisms, quantification and characterization. It also includes the collection and transport of faecal sludge to treatment.

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10 videos3 readings1 quiz

The third week of this course focuses on engineering aspects of how to size and properly operate treatment technologies.

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9 videos2 readings1 quiz

Sanitation solutions do not rely on technology alone, and are prone to failure if an integrated planning approach that includes stakeholder involvement and the development of appropriate institutional, management and financial arrangements is not implemented. Presented in week 4 is the full picture, in addition to technology, that needs to be considered for sustainable solutions.

What's included

8 videos2 readings1 quiz

Faecal sludge management is a relatively new and rapidly growing field. As a result, many solutions are not yet fully developed, which has to be carefully considered in technology implementation. Week 5 will focus on current research and innovations in technologies, to provide an understanding of the most up-to-date options, and what needs to be considered for further development and implementation.

What's included

9 videos2 readings1 quiz


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4.8 (130 ratings)
Dr. Linda Strande
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
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