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WATER-160 - Wastewater Treatment & Disposal I - Nick Steffen

Course:Wastewater Treatment & Disposal I
Professor:Nick Steffen
  • Online
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Hello and welcome to Water 160, Wastewater Treatment and Disposal I.  My name is Nick Steffen and I will be your instructor this semester.  In this course you will learn the fundamentals of wastewater treatment and prepare yourself to take the certification exams from the State Water Resources Control Board.

Course Description

This course presents the basic operating principles and techniques of conventional wastewater treatment processes including preliminary treatment, primary treatment, and secondary treatment, as well as wastewater quality assessment, wastewater collection, and wastewater disposal. Assists in preparation for Grade 1 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate examination given by the State of California Water Resources Control Board.

What to Expect in this Course

Canvas will be used as the LMS for this course. You will find all of the course content, handouts, grades, etc., and WebEx information posted here. You can access Canvas by visiting or from COC's homepage, click the shortcut at the top of the website (small gear icon). The Canvas classroom will not be available until the start of the semester. If you haven't used Canvas previously or want a refresher, please visit the guides.

Zoom is a video conferencing and meeting system. I am very excited to be able to integrate this technology into the program and our courses and I strongly believe that you will enjoy using it as well. You will need a computer with speakers and a microphone.  Video is recommended but not required to participate.

Types of Assessments

Through out the course there will be discussion posts, homework assignments, quizzes, exams, and a journal assignment where you will write a short paper on a topic related to wastewater treatment.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

The book for the course can be downloaded here: 

It will also be posted to the Canvas course shell.  There is no cost to the textbook.

Other Relevant Course Information

If you have any further questions.  Please feel free to email me at

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

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: 08/24/2021 Sub#: 581