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WATER 151 - Water Treatment Plant Op. Processes II - Don Kendall

Course:Water Treatment Plant Op. Processes II
Professor:Don Kendall
  • HyFlex
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Hello, I'm Don Kendall.  I have been working the water industry for over 30 years professionally and academically.  I am a registered professional engineer and held a Grade IV Water Treatment Operator certification. I will teach you everything I can to help you succeed. This is an accelerated 8-week advanced water treatment class that builds on Water 150. In this class, we will spend two weeks reviewing the conventional physical and chemical water treatment processes. We will then dive into more advanced topics such as fluoridation, membrane treatment, UV inactivation, ion exchange, softening, and more.

Assists in preparation for Grade T3 and T4 Water Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate examination given by the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water.

Course Description

Student Learning Outcomes   

  1. Determine the appropriate use and application of advanced water treatment technology to insure compliance with public health and safety regulations.

Specific Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze how federal and state laws and regulations impact variations in conventional water treatment systems.
  2. Explain the creation of and the methods used to minimize disinfection by-products in the treatment process.
  3. Describe the use of chloramination and the formation of chloramines.
  4. Access corrosion mechanisms and the methods used to control corrosion.
  5. Compare and contrast hard and soft water and the impacts of lime softening.
  6. Explain ion exchange chemistry, processes, and applications.
  7. Evaluate application, disposal, and regeneration methods of activated carbon in the treatment process.
  8. Describe the types, classification, applications, and operation of membrane treatment processes.
  9. Explain UV disinfection theory and applications.
  10. Examine normal and abnormal operations and the use of SCADA systems to manage process control, equipment, and facilities maintenance.
  11. Solve advanced treatment plant operation mathematical calculations.

What to Expect in this Course

Course Work:   This is not self-paced instruction. You should expect to spend about 8 hours per week working on this course in addition to the class meetings. Your success in this class depends on your willingness to dedicate the time necessary to complete the course assignments. You are responsible for meeting all deadlines for homework, assignments, discussions, and other related course material.

In addition to using Zoom and Canvas, each student must have regular, reliable, and stable access to a computer and the internet. Additionally, each student must use their assigned COC campus email address. Students should have working knowledge of at least one web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox), how to conduct an internet search using a search engine (i.e. Google, Yahoo, etc.), and other basic computer skills including opening, creating, saving, and closing files, and sending and receiving emails.

Types of Assessments

There will be a syllabus quiz, five quizzes, two discussion boards, one research paper, a midterm exam, and a cumulative final exam. Partial credit will be given, so please show your work. Participation and feedback will be quantified as extra credit. Participation is qualified as asking questions during the lecture, submitting discussion boards on time, and communication outside class through email or Canvas.  Feedback to Discussion Boards and quizzes/exams will be provided by either emailing the student or providing direct feedback in the Discussion Board or Quiz platform.

Textbook Information

The Open Education Resources (OER) Textbook for this course is free to all students.  A digital copy of the textbook is provided in the Canvas Introduction Module. Students can also purchase a hardcopy from the bookstore at a minimal cost.

Additional Resources


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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 04/08/2024 Sub#: 1739