Course Number: OSH 687

Credit Hours: 3

Bassam H. Atieh, Sc.D.

Office: 270-809-6652



Wastewater Treatment


Course Description and Prerequisite(s)

A study of the operation and process design of wastewater treatment systems. This course

focuses on aerobic biological treatment and process control for the activated sludge system.

Topics will include treatment evaluations, trouble shooting, system design, and operational

control strategies.  Prerequisite(s): OSH 320 or instructor's approval.


Course Objectives  (1,2,5,6)

By the end of this course students will:

- Have understanding of the laboratory methods and techniques of analyzing the

  composition of wastewaters.

- Have understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological reaction mechanisms

  of wastewater treatment processes.

- Have understanding of basic wastewater treatment laboratory analysis and process

  monitoring tests.

- Evaluate basic wastewater treatment design and operating parameters.

- Have a knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and methods of

  treatment system design and performance optimization.

- Evaluate treatment performance and operating data, and suggest basic

  troubleshooting procedures and methods.

- Communicate effectively and professionally on technical issues related to

  wastewater treatment.


Content Outline

- Current issues in water and wastewater treatment

- Basics of water treatment

- Basics of wastewater treatment

- Industrial wastewater 1

- Industrial wastewater 2

- Water treatment plant operations

- Wastewater plant operations

- Design, building and operating wastewater treatment plants


Instructional Activities

- Lectures

- Handouts

- Class discussions

- Projects


Field, Clinical, and/or Laboratory Experiences

- Assigned projects require in-depth written reports as directed by the instructor

- Evaluation of treatment system operations and performance

- Reports must be typed and presented on time


Text(s) and Resources

- Handouts by topic/subject when applicable

- Expert guest speakers

- Internet resources


Evaluation and Grading Procedures

- Attendance: 10%

- Class participation: 10%

- Short-quizzes (2): 10% - (5% each)

- Take-home exam: 20%

- Project & presentation: 50%


Final Course Grade

A = 94-100

B = 85-93

C = 75-84

E (failing grade) ≤ 74


Attendance Policy

- Attendance is required.

- Unexcused absences may affect your final grade for the course.



Academic Honesty Policy

Murray State University takes seriously its moral and educational obligation

to maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior.  Instructors are

expected to evaluate students' academic achievements accurately, as well as ascertain

that work submitted by students is authentic and the result of their own efforts, and

consistent with established academic standards.  Students are obligated to respect and

abide by the basic standards of personal and professional integrity.


Violations of Academic Honesty Include


Cheating - Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized information such as

books, notes, study aids, or other electronic, online, or digital devices in any academic

exercise; as well as unauthorized com­munication of information by any means to or

from others during any academic exercise.


Fabrication and Falsification - Intentional alteration or invention of any information

or citation in an academic exercise.  Falsification involves changing information

whereas fabrication involves inventing or counterfeiting information.


Multiple Submission - The submission of substantial portions of the same academic

work, including oral reports, for credit more than once without authorization from the



Plagiarism - Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, creative work,

or data of someone else as one's own in any academic exercise, without due and proper



Instructors should outline their expectations that may go beyond the scope of this policy

at the beginning of each course and identify such expectations and restrictions in the course

syllabus.  When an instructor receives evidence, either directly or indirectly, of academic

dishonesty, he or she should investigate the instance.  The faculty member should then take

ap­propriate disciplinary action.


Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to the following:

1) Requiring the student(s) to repeat the exercise or do additional related exercise(s).

2) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) on the particular exercise(s) involved.

3) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) in the course.


If the disciplinary action results in the awarding of a grade of "E" in the course,

The student(s) may not drop the course.


Faculty reserve the right to invalidate any exercise or other evaluative measures if substantial

evidence exists that the integ­rity of the exercise has been compromised.  Faculty also reserve

the right to document in the course syllabi further academic honesty policy elements related

to the individual disciplines.


A student may appeal the decision of the faculty member with the department chair in

writing within five working days.  Note: If, at any point in this process, the student alleges

that actions have taken place that may be in violation of the Murray State University

Non-Discrimination Statement, this process must be suspended and the matter be directed to

the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access.  Any appeal will be forwarded to

the appropriate university committee as determined by the Provost.



Statements on Non-Discrimination Policy and Students with Disabilities


Non-Discrimination Statement


Murray State University endorses the intent of all federal and state laws created to prohibit

discrimination.  Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,

national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or

disability in employment or application for employment, admissions, or the provision of

services and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids

and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal access to participate in

all programs and activities.


In particular, and without limiting the preceding and pursuant to and consistent with the

requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its regulations 34 CFR 100 et seq.;

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its regulations 34 CFR 104; Title IX of the

Education Amendments of 1972, 20 USC 1681 et seq., and its regulations 34 CFR 106 et seq.;

and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and its regulations 34 CFR 110, Murray State

University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or

age in its educational programs and activities.  This non-discrimination in education programs

and activities extends to employment and admissions and to recruitment, financial aid, academic

programs, student services, athletics, and housing.  Murray State is required by Title IX and

34 CFR part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex and the prohibition against sex

discrimination specifically includes a prohibition of sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Examples of prohibited sexual harassment and sexual violence can be found in the (Policy

Prohibiting Sexual Harassment) which can be accessed vis the link referenced in Appendix I.


For more information concerning the application of these provisions may be referred to:

the Executive Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Access/Murray State University

Title IX Coordinator, Murray State University, 103 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071.

Telephone: 270-809-3155; Fax: 270-809-6887; TDD: 270-809-3361.

eMail: msu.titleix@murraystate.edu.


Services for Students with Disabilities Statement


Students with Disabilities: Student requiring special assistance due to a disability should visit

the Office of Student Disability Services immediately for assistance with accommodations.

For more information, students with disabilities should contact the Office of Student Disability

Services, 423 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071.

Telephone: 270-809-2018 (Voice) 270-809-5889 (TDD).



Other Required Departmental or Collegiate Committee Information

Not applicable.