Office: Dalton-Cantrell, Rm 215
Voice Mail: (276) 523-2400 ext. 364
Fax: (276) 523-5459
This course explores principles of water purification including pretreatment, aeration, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, fluoridation, softening, stabilization, taste and odor, and the distribution system. In addition, the course includes labs completed at a local water treatment plant and an introduction to water treatment math.
Since ENV 115 is an online course, each student is expected to check his or her Mountain Empire email address at least twice weekly. If you are having problems using your Mountain Empire email address, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.
The instructor will use email to keep you updated on your progress throughout the course. If you have completed any kind of assignment and have not heard from the instructor within a reasonable length of time (two work days if the assignment was turned in over the internet or a week if the assignment was turned in through the postal service), then you should contact the instructor to make sure that your assignment was received.
The student will need to read the online lessons as well as selected readings in the textbooks. The chart below lists each week's reading assignment. Tests include information both from the online lessons and from the textbook readings.
Other Assignments and Information
Most lessons have an associated question set or math assignment which should be completed after studying the lesson. The quizzes and assignments are a way for you to test your knowledge of the information, so you should complete them after studying the lesson. You may take each quiz as many times as you wish before the due date --- I will use your highest grade on each quiz.
In addition, there are four labs and two exams which need to be completed during the course of the class. The exams must be proctored . You should decide where you want to take your exams within the first three weeks of the course and give your instructor the proctor information. The exams are NOT OPEN BOOK.
All assignments which are not self-grading may be emailed or mailed to the instructor.
The chart below lists the assignments which should be completed each week.
Week Online Lessons Reading Assignment Quizzes Assignments Exams 1 1 None 1 1 None 2 2 None 2 2 None 3 3 None 3 3 and Labs 1 & 2 None 4 4 None 4 4 and Lab 3 None 5 5 None 5 5 None 6 6 None 6 6 None 7 7 Chapter 12 7 7 None 8 None None None None Midterm Exam 9 8 Chapter 13 8 8 None 10 9 Chapter 14 9 9 None 11 10 Chapter 15 10 10 None 12 11 Chapter 16 11 11 and Lab 4 None 13 12 None None None None 14 Free Free Free Free Free 15 None None None None Final Exam
The course is designed to give the student both theoretical and hands-on knowledge of water treatment plant operation and calculations. It is also designed to help students pass the Virginia State Certification Exam.
- The student will learn to calculate chemical dosages, manipulate formulas and equations, calculate areas and volumes, convert between measuring systems, apply basic math concepts to the profession, calculate volumes from pump running times, and calculate chemical quantities for budget purposes.
- The student will learn about each stage in the treatment process from the source to the customer. This will include knowledge of treatment equipment, monitoring equipment, chemistry, biology, and physics related to water treatment.
- The student will learn to perform a jar test, to test for chlorine residual, and to test for pH, hardness, and alkalinity.
- The student must have completed ENV 110 before beginning this course.
- The student should possess certain computer skills. The student must be able to use the Internet at a basic level including using a web browser, downloading files, participating in an online forum, and sending and receiving emails. In addition s/he should be able to use an operating system, use word processing software, and open PDF files.
- The student must have basic communication skills. The student must be able to read and write English fluently and must deal with the public in a polite manner, deal with emergency situations, communicate effectively, participate as a team player, investigate problems, communicate instructions, demonstrate phone etiquette, and demonstrate writing skills.
- Online lectures
- Textbook readings
- Plant visits and lab exercises at a local water treatment plant
- Math problem sets
- Participation in online forums
Textbook for this course is Volume II of Water Treatment Plant Operation by Kenneth D. Kerri.
These textbooks can be purchased from the MECC bookstore or from the following address:
Office of Water Programs
6000 J Street
Sacramento , CA
A = 91 - 100
B = 81 - 90
C = 71 - 80
D = 61 - 70
F = Below 61
Students will be graded based on the following criteria:
Percentage of Final Grade
You may check to see your grades on each assignment you've completed at any point.
This course satisfies the following core competencies:
· Understand and interpret complex materials.
· Use standard English.
· Interpret and use mathematical formulas.
· Interpret mathematical models such as graphs, tables and schematics and draw inferences from them.
In the event of a College-wide emergency, course requirements, classes, deadlines, and grading schemes are subject to changes that may include alternative delivery methods; alternative methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates; a revised attendance policy; and a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme.
In the case of a College emergency, please refer to the following about changes in this course:
- If you are unable to access the water/wastewater distance learning website, please contact IT services at 276-523-2400 or contact your instructor. If power or servers are down across campus it may take a couple of hours for service to be reinstated. Please be patient and your course material will be back up and running shortly. If this does occur penalties will not be given for late assignments.
- If the MECC mail server is down your instructor will use the following email address : firstname.lastname@example.org.
*****Please note that this email address will ONLY be used in case of an emergency when the MECC mail server is down!******
- The telephone number for your instructor is as follows:
276-523-2400, ext 364
For more general information about the emergency situation, please refer to:
- The Mountain Empire Community College web site at www.mecc.edu or the Virginia Community College System web page at www.vccs.edu
- The college phone number is 276-523-2400
- The college phone number to call in case of snow or inclement weather is 276-523-7495. You may also receive information about snow or inclement weather at the following TV and Radio Stations:
WJHL-TV — Johnson City
WQUT-FM — Johnson City
WAXM-FM — Norton
WDIC-FM — Clintwood
WJNV-FM — Jonesville
WVTF-FM — Local NPR
WXBQ-FM — Bristol
- You may contact security at MECC from off campus by calling 276-523-7473 and from on campus by dialing 473 from any campus phone. There are also several emergency security phones located on MECC’s campus.
Emergency Notifications: When MECC considers an emergency to pose an ongoing threat to students and employees, the college community will be notified in several ways:
- Text Message (register to receive text messages from MECC at http://www.mecc.edu/sms/index.html)
- Postings on the college’s web site
- In person
Instructions for Individuals with Disabilities
Students may request academic accommodation for disabilities through the Office of Student Services. That office will evaluate the request and make recommendations for appropriate and reasonable accommodations, which the student will provide to the instructor.
Individuals requiring temporary handicapped parking accommodations due to short-term illness should also contact Student Services.
All correspondence will be kept confidential.
Testing Center Guidelines
MECC Testing Guidelines
The MECC Testing Center supports the college goal of providing quality student services that are responsive to the needs of current and prospective students. The Testing Center coordinates testing services for new and continuing students which include placement testing, ability-to-benefit testing, and testing for Internet courses. Upon adjunct faculty request, the Center will administer make-up test. In addition, students enrolled in distance education classes at other VCCS institutions may make arrangements for proctored testing.
- Testing Coordinator: Peggy Gibson at 276-523-2400, ext 283 or email email@example.com
The Testing Center, located in the Student Services Suite in Holton Hall, provides outstanding customer service by being courteous, responsible, and helpful. Tests are administered following appropriate testing protocol in a clean, comfortable, quiet, and secure testing environment.
The Center offers extended hours to serve students and prospective students, and the Testing Coordinator also arranges evening and Saturday testing with the Wampler Library located in MECC Robb Hall. (Request for special testing arrangements must be made at least 24 hours in advance.)
In order to ensure an accurate and fair process for all concerned, the procedures detailed below, must be followed:
General Guidelines for Students
All exams are administered on a walk-in, first-come/first-serve basis. Testing Center Hours are 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Thursday, and 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM on Fridays. Students should arrive early enough to allow ample time to complete the tests during the operating hours. Since operating hours may vary seasonally, testing times should be verified by calling 276-523-7472.
- Examinees must show their MECC student ID in order to take an exam. (Other forms of acceptable identification include, state identification cards, driver’s licenses, employee ID cards, military ID cards, passports, and student ID cards). Without proper ID, the student will not be allowed to take an exam.
- Examinees are requested not to bring cell phones, pagers, etc. with them to the Testing Center when taking an exam. Any items brought to the Center must be left in the reception area prior to testing. The Testing Center will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or broken items. To ensure safety of these items, please leave them in your vehicle or at home while testing.
- No eating or drinking is allowed in the testing room.
- Examinees must keep noise to a minimum for the benefit of other examinees.
- Cheating is not allowed and examines will be asked to stop testing and leave the Testing Center if found cheating. Cheating may include making an effort to remove test materials or notes from the testing room, not following test procedures, failing to stop work when time is called, disturbing or attempting to get answers from another examinee, using unauthorized aids during testing, and disregarding proctors instructions. It is considered academic dishonesty for a student to have any unauthorized materials while taking an exam. Academic dishonesty may result in disciplinary action by the College.
- Children, family, and friends are not permitted in the testing rooms. The testing staff will refuse to test an examinee that brings children to the Testing Center and asks to leave them in the waiting area.
- Students with disabilities who need special testing assistance must make arrangements in advance with the college disabilities coordinator, Dale Lee at 276-523-2400, ext. 343 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students may not take more than two exams per course per day. Students should refer to their course syllabus and/or their instructors for further information.
- A test must be submitted by the online course instructor and on file with the Testing Center before a student can call for an appointment.
The Testing Center will maintain a proctoring log in which students will record the following information:
- Student name and EMPLID
- Course Number (ex. MTH 163)
- Test Number
- Date/time student actually takes test