ENGRCEE 160 Environmental Processes (2013-2014)

ENGRCEE 160 Environmental Processes

(Required for CE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 160 Environmental Processes (Credit Units: 4) Introduction to environmental processes in air and water, mass balances and transport phenomena. Fundamentals of water quality engineering including water and wastewater treatment. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1B, CEE170. Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0131481930.

Recommended Textbook:

Tchobanoglous, George and H. David Stensel. Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Reuse, McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Sunny Jiang
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b, EAC c, EAC g, EAC j.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Expand understanding of basic math and chemistry concepts as they apply to water quality issues. (EAC a)

2. Understand the contemporary issues in water pollution. (EAC j)

3. Analyze batch, plug-flow, and CSTR reactor performances. (EAC a)

4. Design sedimentation, aeration, aerobic anaerobic, and disinfection treatment units. (EAC b)

5. Perform the preliminary design for wastewater and drinking water treatment plant with consideration of environmental impact and sustainability. (EAC c)

6. Learn to construct professional report on the engineering design outcome. (EAC g)

Prerequisites by Topic

General chemistry, fluid mechanics, probability and statistics.

Lecture Topics:
  • Mass Balance analysis (Week 1)
  • Environmental Chemistry (Week 2)
  • Water Pollution (Week 3)
  • Biochemical Oxygen Demand (Week 4)
  • Water treatment (Week 5)
  • Mass transfer operations (Week 6)
  • Aerobic biological processes (Week 7)
  • Anaerobic biological processes (Week 8)
  • Water reclamation and reuse (Week 9)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Commercial software for report preparation, spreadsheets for calculations.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes to the design experience and Engineering Topics courses of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors.

Design Content Description

Weekly discussion sessions expand on some lecture topics. The sessions also provide reviews of basic concepts when the homework solutions indicate the need for such reviews. Provide an open-ended design experience closely modeled on a real preliminary design of a small industrial pre-treatment facility. Use the design experience to reinforce the concepts covered in earlier classes, as well as in this class. Introduce the concepts of system optimization.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 5%
  • Midterm: 25%
  • Project: 25%
  • Final: 45%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

June 17, 2013
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr