Course detail

Wastewater treatment technology

FCH-MCO_TCOAcad. year: 2020/2021

Wastewater, summary of wastewater treatment methods, treatment lines, physico-chemical and chemical processes, biological processes, aerobic and anaerobic biological processes, nitrogen and phosphorus removal, systems with attached biomass, sludge from waste water treatment, stabilization, disposal and possibilities of sludge utilization.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain new knowledge, understanding and knowledge in the following areas:

1st Students will be capable of application concepts in the field of municipal and idustrial waste water treatment and sludge disposal;
2nd Students will gain knowledge of requirements on quantity and quality of sluiced waste water and on techniques of their taking out;
3rd Students gain knowledge which is essential for the understanding of all the basic processes that take place in municipal and industrial waste water treatment;
4th Students gain knowledge on technologies and treatment lines for municipal waste water and sludge treatment and possibilities of their intensification.


Knowledge from courses: Hydrochemistry, Analytical chemistry, Chemical engineering, Technology of drinking water treatment, Practical training on water treatment technology I


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Dohányos, M. a kol : Čištění odpadních vod, Praha 1998. (CS)
Derco, J. : Technologie čištění odpadní vody, verze ppt., 2013 (CS)
Tchobanoglous, G., Franklin L. Burton, F. L., Stensel H. D.: Wastewater Engineering Treatment and Reuse. Metcalf & Eddy, Inc., Fourth Edition. 2002.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The exam consists of written and oral parts. Written part consists of two running tests during semester. Results of written tests and oral exam are evaluated.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Waste water sources. Characterisation of wastewater flow and composition. Requirements for wastewater discharge.
2. Wastewater sewerage and sewerage networks.
3. Municipal wastewater treatment lines.
4. Physical and physical-chemical processes of wastewater treatment (mechanical pretreatment, bar racks and screens, grit chambers, primary sedimentation).
5. Hydraulic regime in continuously flow systems.
6. Biological wastewater treatment processes. Classification of processes (ORP, biomass form, reactor configuration).
7. Aerobic wastewater treatment processes. Activated sludge and activated sludge process. Kinetics of microorganisms growth and substrate removal. Kinetic selection of microorganisms.
8. Principal operational parameters. Influence of principal process variables and parameters on treatment efficiency.
9. Biomass and activated sludge mass balance and production. Activated sludge sedimentation characteristics, causes and prevention of sludge bulking. Oxygen requirement and supply.
10. Technological configurations of activated sludge processes. Stabilisation of sludge.
11. Anaerobic biological processes, mechanisms and influencing factors. Granular biomass. Anaerobic wastewater treatment processes. Anaerobic sludge digestion. Anaerobic bioreactors.
12. Nutrient removal from wastewater. Nitrification and denitrification, enhanced biological phosphorus removal. Biochemistry and kinetics of processes. Metabolic selection of microorganisms. Technological modification of nutrient removal processes.
13. Attached biomass systems. Theoretical background of biofilm processes. Kinetics of processes. Trickling filters. Rotating biological contactors. Expanded bed and fluidised bed bioreactors.
14. Treatment, storage and disposal of waste water treatment sludge. Benefits and restrictions of wastewater treatment sludge utilization.


The aim of the course is to get the students acquainted with requirements for quality of discharged waste water, to provide information about sewarage and waste water sewer system, about specification of amount and composition of urban wastewater, about effluent quality requirements, processes and technologies for waste water and sludge treatment.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lectures is recommended, but not monitored. An integral part of teaching and combined form of teaching is a e-learning tutorial course, divided into blocks, within which are available to students learning support including electronic textbooks, presentations, lectures, and other complementary materials.For students in combined form of study are organized consultations to subjec matter. Consultations are also provided to full-time students on request.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NKCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NKCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme NPCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NPCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, obligation not entered

Teacher / Lecturer