Rosa-lee Cooke
Email: rcooke@me.vccs.edu
Office: Dalton-Cantrell, Rm 218
Phone: (276) 523-2400, ext. 364
Fax: (276) 523-5459

 

 

Textbook

Basic Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Operators published by American Water Works Association

ISBN: 9781583211489

 

Simplified Procedures for Water Examination published by American Water Works Association

ISBN: 9781583211823

 

 

Course Description

This course covers the chemistry and biology associated with water and wastewater treatment labs.  Laboratory exercises carried out at nearby water and wastewater treatment plants are the focus of the course.  These labs teach the student to perform common tests such as those for pH, color, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and bacteria.  Online lessons supplement the lab work by introducing the student to biological and chemical theory.  

 

 

 

Goals and Specific Objectives

Goals:

This course is designed to develop the student's basic laboratory skills, teaching the student to follow EPA approved methods for the analysis of water/wastewater samples.  The course also familiarizes students with water and wastewater quality criteria and how they affect plant operation.  Finally, the course teaches the scientific theories behind the laboratory exercises. 


Objectives:

  •  The student will learn to perform tests including color, iron, pH, alkalinity, hardness, calcium carbonate saturation, turbidity, jar test, chlorine residual, fluoride, total suspended solids, mixed liquor suspended solids, dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, total coliform bacteria, biochemical oxygen demand, and chemical oxygen demand. 
  • The student will learn laboratory safety techniques and will learn how to use common laboratory equipment. 
  • The student will learn the chemistry and biology relating to laboratory tests. 
  • The student will learn to make the mathematical calculations required in lab, including calculating concentrations and dilutions. 

 

Prerequisites

  • The student must have completed ENV 110 before beginning this course. (Environmental Science students are not required to take ENV110, only water/wastewater students.)
  • 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.

 

 

Instructional Methods

  • Online lectures
  • Textbook readings
  • Interactive assignments and virtual laboratory experiments
  • Quizzes
  • Lab exercises at local water and wastewater treatment plants
  • Discussion board

 

 

Communication

Since ENV 211 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: ENV211 Assignment 1.

 

 

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: rosa.cooke@yahoo.com.
*****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:


WCYB-TV— Bristol

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:

1.    Text Message (register to receive text messages from MECC at http://www.mecc.edu/sms/index.html)

2.    Email

3.    Telephone

4.    Postings on the college’s web site

5.    In person

 

 

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. If you would rather print the quiz and fax or mail it to me, contact information is given in this syllabus. Quizzes are worth 20% of your grade.

 

 

Assignments

Most of the assignments for this course are interactive using Flash. You will need to have the Flash plugin installed on your computer in order to view them. You will be given a score for each assignment which will automatically be published to my gradebook. You may take the assignments as many times as desired, your highest grade submitted will be the one counted. I am able to view your grades at any time, so if you are having trouble I will contact you to see if you need assistance. Assignments are worth 15% of your grade.

 

 

Labs

There are 17 laboratory experiments you will be learning in the course, you must pick any 3 and write a lab report for the procedure.  If your lab does not do the experiments listed, you may contact me and I will approve a substitution for labs your plant performs.  Review how how to write a lab report. You may either create your lab report in a word document and attach it to an email or mail or fax the report. There are virtual labs for most of the experiments online. Please view the virtual lab before going to the plant so that you are familiar with the procedure before performing the experiment. Lab reports are worth 15% of your grade.

 

 

Exams

The midterm and final exam are proctored exams to be taken in the designated week of class. You will have one week to complete the exam from the time it is offered. If the exams are not taken in the allotted time period, a grade of zero will be given. When you are ready to take your exam, contact me and I will mail the exam to the person approved to be your proctor. Please review the exam policy and have the approved proctor sign the paper attached to the exam. The proctor must then mail the exam back to me. Exams are worth 50% of your grade.

 

 

 

View Your Grades

You may view your grades at any time, online. From the navigation bar at the beginning of the course you will see a tab listed "View Grades". You will need to have a username and password in order to view. Your username is your first initial alond with last name. For example, my student username would be rmoore. Password is your EmplID. Your grades should be posted immediately for quizzes and assignments taken online, and within a few days for projects, exams, etc., that have to be sent in to the instructor. If you have any trouble with viewing your grades, please let me know.

 

 

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.

 


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.

 

 

Grading Policy

Midterm Exam

25%

Final Exam

25%

Lab reports

15%

Quizzes

20%

Interactive assignments

15%

 

100%

 

 

Grading Scale

A =

90-100%

B =

80-89%

C =

70-79%

D =

60-69%

F =

Below 60%

 

 

 

Weekly Assignments

You will need to read the online lessons as well as selected readings in Basic Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Operators and Simplified Procedures for Water Examination .  The chart below lists each week's work.  Tests include information both from the online lessons and from your textbook readings. 

Most lessons have an associated assignment, quiz, and lab.  In addition, there are two exams which must be completed for the course. Write a lab report for any 3 lab experiments, spanning the entire 15 week process . Review how a lab report is written.

Week

Reading Assignments

Read Labs

Assignments

Quizzes

Exams

1

 

Online lessons 1 and 2

Chapters 1 and 28 in Lab book and Chapter 1 in textbook

Find a water treatment plant and a wastewater treatment plant.

 

Lab 1

1, 2, and MSDS tutorial

1 and 2

None

2

 

Online lessons 3 and 4

Pages 2-4 in Lab book and Chapters 2 & 3 in textbook

None

3 and 4

3 and 4

None

3

 

Online lesson 5

Chapter 3 and 4 in textbook

None

5

5

None

4

 

Online lesson 6

Chapter 5 in textbook

None

6

6

None

5

 

Online lesson 7 and 8

Chapters 6 and 7 in textbook and Chapter 21 in Lab book

2 and 3

7 and 8

7 and 8

None

6

 

Online lesson 9

Chapter 8 in textbook

4 and 5

9

9

None

7

 

 

 

One week to complete the Midterm Exam

 

 

Midterm Exam

8

 

Online lessons 10 and 11

Chapters 9 and 11 in textbook

None

10 and 11

10 and 11

None

9

 

 

Online lessons 12 and 13

Chapters 13 and 14 in textbook. Chapters 5 and 15 in lab book

6, 7 and 8

12 and 13

12 and 13

None

10

 

Online lesson 14

Chapter 15 in textbook. Chapters 7, 8 and 30 in lab book

9 and 10

14

14

None

11

 

 

Online lessons 15 and 16

Chapters 6 and 10 in lab book

11 and 12

15 and 16

 

15 and 16

None

12

 

Online lessons 17 and 18

Chapters 13 and 26 in lab book

13

17 and 18

17 and 18

None

13

 

Online lesson 19

Chapter 12 in lab book

14, 15 and 16

19

19

None

14

 

Online lessons 20 and 21

 

Chapters 18, 19 and 25 in lab book

17, 18 and 19

20 and 21

20 and 21

None

15

 

One week to complete the Final Exam

Final Exam