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Course provider: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Course coordinator: Mariska Ronteltap

Duration: 18 weeks

Start date: 04 January 2016

End date: 06 May 2016

Application to: IWA or UNESCO-IHE

Application Deadline: Deadline IHE application: 04 January 2016 - 23.59 (CET)
Application Deadline: Deadline NFP: 15 July 2015 - 23.59 (CET)

Fee: Euro 850

About the online course

The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management (FSM) system. The next course will start on 4 January 2016.

For whom?

The course is designed for professionals who deal with planning, promoting, designing, operating or managing faecal sludge for residents in urban, peri-urban, slum or rural areas, in low income countries and beyond. A solid foundation in physics and chemistry is essential to follow this course; a good understanding of wastewater and its (biological) treatment will strongly support the understanding of the Module.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

1. have an understanding of treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM;

2. place FSM in a total urban water cycle approach;

3. identify suitable treatment options for specific situations and locations;

4. understand the mechanisms and designs of specific treatment technologies;

5. communicate important aspects of FSM to managers and decision makers.

Course Program

The course program is taught over a period of 4 months. The course is sub-divided into 5 sub courses prepared by experts in the field and 5 assignments.

Course 1: Introduction

Unit 1.1: Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management

Unit 1.2: Fundamentals of Faecal Sludge Management

Course 2: Collection and transport of faecal sludge

Unit 2.1: Collection and Transport

Unit 2.2: End Products: Value and Fate of Residuals

Course 3: Technologies

Unit 3.1: Overview of Technologies for Faecal Sludge Treatment

Unit 3.2: On-site sanitation systems

Unit 3.3: Settling Basins

Unit 3.4: Drying Beds

Unit 3.5: Planted Drying Beds

Unit 3.6: Co-Treatment with Wastewater Streams and Residuals

Unit 3.7: Co-Composting with Organic Waste

Unit 3.8: Combinations of Different Treatment Technologies

Course 4: Non-technical aspects of faecal sludge management

Unit 4.1: Institutional and Financial Aspects

Unit 4.2: Operation and Planning Aspects

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