Rosa-lee Cooke

Office: PT235
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30
Phone: (276) 523-2400, ext. 364
Fax: (276) 523-7486






Course Description

This course covers a basic overview of the wastewater treatment process, including the wastewater purification process, collection systems, preliminary, primary and secondary treatment.


Statement of Broad Goals

Review wastewater topics for licensing renewal of wastewater operators.



Units and Specific Objectives


  • Students must have certain math skills such as 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, calculate averages and geometric means, plot and interpret graphs, and calculate chemical quantities for budget purposes.
  • Certain computer skills should be possessed by each student such as using operating systems, spreadsheet software, word processing packages, possess a knowledge of PLC at an introductory level, demonstrate keyboarding skills, access data from CD ROM, and use the Internet at a basic level.
  • Students should have certain communication skills such as speak and understand English fluently, deal with the public in a polite manner, deal with emergency situations, communicate effectively, participate as a team  player, demonstrate an awareness of regulator agencies, investigate problems, communicate instructions, demonstrate phone etiquette, resolve conflicts, demonstrate writing skills, fit into the management philosophy of the organization, participate effectively in meetings, demonstrate interview skills, educate public and other stake holders, prepare a resume, deliver a presentation, and deal with the media.
  • Students should have certain computer literacy skills such as using programs, spreadsheets, search for folders, and use mouse drag and drop techniques.




No prerequisite required



Special Teaching Methodology

Students are required to read the online lessons and answer the related assignmnet quesitons. Once all the assignments are completed, email the instructor for the final exam. The assignments are to be printed and sent in with the completed exam.. A hard copy of all work, including the exam, is kept in a folder for future use in case of an audit.

There will be a final exam that covers the entire coursework. This exam is open book.



Instructional Methods

  • Online lectures
  • Assignments
  • Exam




Since ENV 195 is an online course, each student is expected to have a valid email address which he or she will check at least twice weekly.  If you have an email address which you use more frequently than your Mountain Empire email address, you should email this address to your instructor within the first week of the course. 

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 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.

When sending an email to your instructor for help or sending in an assignment, make sure to have your Course number and Assignment number in the subject of the email. For example: Email Subject Line: ENV195 Assignment 1.



Assignment questions are given for most of the lessons. Answer all the questions provided and keep until the end of the course. Once you have answered all the assignment questions, email the instructor for the final exam. Once you complete the exam, send assignments and exam back to the instructor.





The final exam is to be taken at the end of class. When you are ready to take your exam, contact me and I will mail the exam to you. This exam covers all course material and is open notes. You may have your previous assignments with you for reference. This exam is worth 50% of your grade. Once you have completed the exam, a hard copy of the exam and all assignments must be sent to the instructor for documentation and auditing purposes. Please wait until the end of the semester to send assignments and exam in.




All students at MECC should abide by the standards of conduct outlined in the MECC Student Handbook. Cheating WILL NOT be tolerated. Anyone caught cheating on an assignment or test will receive a zero for that assignment.



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.



Emergency Statement

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:
*****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 or the Virginia Community College System web page at

·         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:

WCYB-TV— Bristol

WJHL-TV — Johnson City

WQUT-FM — Johnson City

WAXM-FM — Norton

WDIC-FM — Clintwood

WJNV-FM — Jonesville

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:

1.    Text Message (register to receive text messages from MECC at

2.    Email

3.    Telephone

4.    Postings on the college’s web site

5.    In person




Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is required. When absence from a class is necessary, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor prior to the absence. The student is responsible for the subsequent completion of all work missed during an absence. (MECC Student Handbook)

Mountain Empire Community College is committed to academic quality and student success. Elements that support both of these values are regular attendance and participation in class. The college policy states that regular class attendance is required. The attendance policy in this class is that you spend at least 5 hours per week working on assignments, which will help ensure you stay on track. As listed below in the Weekly Schedule, the scheduled quiz and assignment should be completed each week.




Grading Policy

Final Exam




Total Points





Grading Scale

This is a pass/fail course.



Weekly Schedule

Most lessons have an associated quiz.  In addition, there is one exam which must be completed for the course. The chart below lists the assignments which should be completed each week. 


Reading Assignments



Online lesson 1

Assignment 1


Online lesson 2

Assignment 2


Online lesson 3



Online lesson 4

Assignment 4


Online lesson 5

Assignment 5


Online lesson 6

Assignment 6


Online lesson 7




Final Exam