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Intermediate Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to HWTS

The course begins with a review of the public health impacts of unsafe drinking water. We define physical, chemical, and microbial aspects of drinking water quality and present the major classes of pathogens. Information about pathways for faecal contamination of drinking water are followed by an introduction to the concept of HWTS and the principal technologies....
9 videos (Total 71 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
1.1 Introduction to the course2m
1.2 Global burden of disease15m
1.3 Water-borne pathogens11m
1.4 How does drinking water become unsafe?12m
1.5 What is HWTS?6m
1.6 SDG Baselines: Drinking Water Services13m
1.7 WHO/UNICEF International Network on HWTS - Guest Lecturer: B. Majuru5m
1.8 Key messages - Week 11m
6 readings
Important information to succeed in this course10m
Key and further readings10m
Connect with your peers10m
1.6b Readings - SDG's10m
How to give feedback to the course team?10m
Slides - Week 110m
1 practice exercise
Week 145m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

HWTS treatment options

During week 2 and 3 we focus on potential treatment methods. We refer first to the standards of safe drinking water and improved drinking water. Week 2 focuses on sedimentation and different kinds of filtration. ...
6 videos (Total 88 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
2.2 Sedimentation13m
2.3 Filtration : Synthetic membranes16m
2.4 Filtration : Ceramic filters16m
2.5 Biological filtration20m
2.6 Key messages - Week 24m
2 readings
Slides - Week 210m
Bonus reading - Logarithms10m
1 practice exercise
Week 245m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

HWTS treatment options

During week 2 and 3 we focus on potential treatment methods. We refer first to the standards of safe drinking water and improved drinking water. Week 3 focuses on heat, ultraviolet radiation, chemical disinfection. Specific modules are provided to cover safe storage and combined methods of water treatment....
6 videos (Total 75 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
3.2 Ultraviolet radiation19m
3.3 Chemical disinfection18m
3.4 Safe storage9m
3.5 Combinations6m
3.6 Key messages - Week 3 4m
1 reading
Slides - Week 310m
1 practice exercise
Week 345m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Implementation strategies for HWTS

During week 4 we analyse different approaches that have been successfully applied. We highlight key components which make programs more likely to succeed. We ask the questions, what is required that the most vulnerable populations use HWTS correctly and consistently over the long-term? In separate modules we consider the special case of HWTS in emergency response and provide information about the role of government bodies....
5 videos (Total 83 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
4.2 Targeted approaches20m
4.3 HWTS in emergencies - Guest Lecturer: D. Lantagne24m
4.4 Roles of government bodies21m
4.5 Key messages - Week 4 3m
1 reading
Slides - Week 410m
1 practice exercise
Week 445m
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Top Reviews

By MFNov 2nd 2017

I so loved this course! I would like to thank coursera for granting me an opportunity to do this course! It is awesome I recommend that institutions offering water engineering courses should adapt it!

By AAFeb 9th 2018

A very well organised course. Dr. Rick Johnston is an excellent mentor to have! Wish him all the best. Highly recommended for Civil Engineering/ Environmental Study backgrounds.

Instructors

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Rick Johnston

Dr.
Joint Monitoring Programme / WHO
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Sara Marks

Dr.
Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development / Eawag

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