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Advanced Level
Approx. 27 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: French, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, English, Spanish

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Course Overview and MNA as an Evolving Technology

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 54 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Course Overview1m
Course Navigation1m
Changing Paradigms for Groundwater Remediation7m
Active Remedation vs. MNA10m
History of MNA: Fuels, Solvents, Three Lines of Evidence6m
Key MNA Protocols10m
New Technologies, New Thinking about MNA7m
Three Key MNA Processes: 1) Degradation; 2) Storage; 3) Dilution6m
4 readings
General Course Information5m
Discussion Forum Guidelines5m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Week 1 Homework Exercises (Optional)1h
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz1h
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Biodegradation Principles

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Thermodynamic Feasibility of Biodegradation4m
All About Electron Donors and Acceptors6m
Biodegradation Mechanisms: Chlorinated Solvents vs Hydrocarbons8m
Reactions at Interfaces and Sustained Treatment: Emerging Concepts13m
Biodegradation Kinetics: from Monod to First-Order Models8m
Mass Balance Type Calculations11m
1 reading
Week 2 Homework Exercises (Optional)1h
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz1h
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Abiotic Degradation Principles

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Which Minerals Degrade which Contaminants?9m
Reaction Models13m
Methods and Challenges for Documenting Abiotic Degradation11m
Other Abiotic Reactions: Hydrolysis11m
Application: Does Abiotic Degradation Explain Attenuation Observed at Field Site?9m
1 reading
Week 3 Homework Exercises (Optional)1h
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz1h
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Attenuation and Storage in Low K Zones

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 69 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Diffusion vs Dispersion10m
Matrix Diffusion in the Lab and Field9m
Matrix Diffusion Sampling11m
Groundwater Models for Matrix Diffusion10m
Degradation Processes Within Low-k Zones14m
1 reading
Week 4 Homework Exercises (Optional)1h
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz1h

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