Rosa-lee Cooke
Email: rcooke@me.vccs.edu
Office: PT235
Phone: (276) 523-2400, ext. 364
Fax: (276) 523-7486

 

 

Textbook

None

 

Course Description

This course covers an overview of the wastewater treatment process, including racks, screens, comminutors, sedimentation and flotation as well as trickling filters.
 

 

Statement of Broad Goals

Review wastewater topics for licensing renewal of wastewater operators.
 

 

 

Units and Specific Objectives

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 skills in biology should be possessed by each student such as demonstrate an understanding of water-borne diseases, describe the disinfection process, identify aerobic, anaerobic and facultative bacteria systems, interpret a biological analysis, identify odor generating biological cycles, control algae and other plant growths, recognize how chemicals affect the ecosystem, identify enzyme and nutrient properties for wastewater treatment, demonstrate an awareness of the results of interaction between organisms, and identify microorganisms.
  • 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.
  • Certain safety skills should also be obtained such as demonstrate an awareness of personal responsibilities, use and maintain personal protection equipment, identify safety hazards, demonstrate an awareness of information sources, demonstrate an awareness of confined space entry procedures, use and maintain safety monitoring equipment, demonstrate an awareness of Occupation Health and Safety regulations, describe proper shoring and trenching operations, use and maintain SCBAs, demonstrate an awareness off Alberta First Call procedures, demonstrate an awareness of immunization and personal hygiene, perform first aid and CPR, assist in an accident investigation, participate on safety strategy, describe spill response procedures, perform a safety inspection, repair chlorine cylinder with Kits A and B, and Identify piping color codes
  • Students should have certain computer literacy skills such as using programs, spreadsheets, search for folders, and use mouse drag and drop techniques.


 

 

Prerequisites

No prerequisite required

 

 

Special Teaching Methodology

Students are required to read the online lessons and answer the related quizzes.

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

 

 

Instructional Methods

  • Online lectures
  • Quizzes

 

 

Communication

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.

 

Quizzes

Quizzes are online and are connected to a database. Once you click the submit button your grade will be stored in my gradebook. You are allowed to take the quiz as many times as desired, your highest grade submitted will be the one counted. The quizzes will tell you which questions are incorrect, if any, but before you retake the quiz, changing the answers, you must close the quiz and log back in before your new score will be submitted. If you would rather print the quiz and fax or mail it to me, contact information is given in this syllabus. Quizzes are worth 50% of your grade. Copies of the quizzes will need to be sent to the instructor for documentation and auditing purposes. Please wait until the end of the semester to send the quizzes in.

 

 

 

Exams

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 quizzes with you for reference. This exam is worth 50% of your grade.

 

 

Honor

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.

 

 

Grading Policy

Final Exam

50%

Quizzes

50%

Total Points

100%

 

 

 

Grading Scale

This is a pass/fail course.

 

 

Weekly Assignments

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. 

Week

Reading Assignments

Quizzes

1

 

Online lesson 1

Quiz 1

2

 

Online lesson 1

Quiz 1

3

 

Online lesson 2

Quiz 2

4

 

Online lesson 2

Quiz 2

5

 

Online lesson 3

Quiz 3

6

 

Online lesson 3

Quiz 3

7

 

Online lesson 4

Quiz 4

8

 

Online lesson 4

Quiz 4

9

 

Final Exam