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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

An introduction to faecal sludge management

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 70 min), 6 readings
8 videos
1.1 Course Overview8m
1.2 The Global Situation8m
1.3 Sanitation research in Sub-Saharan Africa12m
1.4 Systems Based Approach10m
1.5 What is faecal sludge?8m
1.6 What is working?11m
1.7 Wrap-up6m
6 readings
Important information to succeed in this course10m
Further reading10m
Sandec COVID Factsheet 10m
Connect with your peers10m
Further reading - Week 12h
Slides - Week 110m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Overview of fundamentals for design and selection of treatment technologies

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 63 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
2.2 Overview of Treatment Mechanisms8m
2.3 Resource recovery8m
2.4 Market-driven approach to select treatment products9m
2.5 Characterization7m
2.6 Quantification8m
2.7 Collection and transport technologies7m
2.8 Wrap-up5m
2 readings
Further reading - Week 22h
Slides - Week 210m
1 practice exercise
Week 1&245m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Treatment technologies for faecal sludge

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 84 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
3.2 Settling-thickening tanks8m
3.3 Unplanted drying beds9m
3.4 Planted Drying Beds9m
3.5 Co-composting10m
3.6 Co-treatment with Wastewater14m
3.7 Effluent treatment technologies9m
3.8 Design example of a treatment plant10m
3.9 Wrap-up4m
2 readings
Further reading - Week 32h
Slides - Week 310m
1 practice exercise
Week 345m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Integrated approach to faecal sludge management

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 75 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
4.2 Assessment of the Initial situation8m
4.3 Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement9m
4.4 Institutional Frameworks10m
4.5 Financial transfers and flows models10m
4.6 Operation and maintenance of treatment plans8m
4.7 Engineering Economics11m
4.8 Wrap-up6m
2 readings
Further reading - Week 42h
Slides - Week 410m
1 practice exercise
Week 445m

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