Course detail

Designing of Facilities in Waste Water Treatment Technologies

FCH-MA_ENG14Acad. year: 2021/2022

The course provides theoretical knowledge and practical skills to design facilities in waste water treatment plant (WWTP). The complex project of the municipal WWTP is solved in 3–4 member team and it is focused on theoretical, computational, and engineering designs of each facility: pumping stations, waste water (WW) pretreatment, biological treatment, and sludge management. In this case, the course is also focused on innovative technologies material transformation of sewage sludge, membrane technologies, technologies for reuse of treated WW and the technology to remove organic pollutants from WW. The course provides an experience of teamwork of the complex design of WWTP.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will gain experience in team work with the focus on the design of waste water treatment plant technologies. The experience will be from the point of view of construction, technology, calculation, and economic parameters.


passing "Water and wastewater engineering"


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.


Chudoba, J., Dohányos, M., Wanner, J.: Biological Waste Water Treatment, Prague, ISBN, 80-03-00611-2, 1991 (EN)
Malý, J., Hlavínek, P.: Industrial Waste Water Treatment, NOEL 2000 s.r.o., 1996 (EN)
Metcalf, Eddy: Wastewater Engineering, Treatment, Disposal and Reuse, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2002 (EN)
Liu Sean X.: Food and Agricultural Wastewater Treatment, Blackwell Publishing, 2007 (EN)
Eckenfelder, Wesley, W.: Industrial Water Pollution Control, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1998 (EN)
Rada, E. C.: Thermochemical Waste Treatment, Combustion, Gasification and Other Methodologies. CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group, 2017 (EN)
Hlavínek P., Mičín J., Prax P., Hluštík P., Mifek R.: Studijní opora Stokování a čištění odpadních vod, Modul 2 čištění odpadních vod, Vysoké učení technické v Brně, Fakulta stavební, 2006. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The lecturer presents the theoretical background of designing WWTP technologies using PowerPoint presentations. The lecturer divides the students into 3–4 member teams and provide input data for solving the project team. Students select role: team leadership, text, calculation, drawings, and economic part. In the last lesson, the team leader presents teamwork by presentations in PowerPoint and the printed project to other students and lecturer.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students receive credit for the elaborated and defended team project. Passing the examination is conditional on the granting of credit. The exam consists of a written test (min. 50% required) and oral examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction of waste water treatment, legislation, a scheme of municipal waste water treatment plant (WWTP)
2. Hydrotechnical calculations for WWTP design
3. Waste water (WW) pumping station, WW overflows
4. Pre-treatment of waste water
5. Biological treatment process, design of an activation tank
6. Biological treatment process, design of a settling tank
7. Sludge management at the WWTP
8. Drying of sewage sludge (solar and belt dryer)
9. Material transformation of sewage sludge (gasification, incineration, hydrothermal carbonization, pyrolysis, torrefaction)
10. Membrane treatment processes
11. Reuse technologies (clean WW reuse and heat energy reuse from WW)
12. Removal of organic pollutants from WW
13. Presentation of the WWTP design


The course focuses on the designing of facilities in waste water (WW) treatment technologies, especially on the designing of municipal waste water treatment plant (WWTP). The team work on the WWTP design is carried out in a 3–4 member team focusing on the team leadership, text part, calculation part, drawing part, and economic part. The course is focused on work in the wider area of WW management, thus preparing students for design activities, constructions, legislation, engineering activities, and operators of WWTP.

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

Attendance at lectures is not obligatory but recommended. Participation in courses is obligatory.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NKCP_ECHT Master's

    specialization --- , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme NPCP_ECHT Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme NPAP_ENVI Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, obligation not entered

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer