ENGRCEE 165 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes (2016-2017)

ENGRCEE 165 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 165 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes (Credit Units: 4) Theory and dynamics of physical and chemical separation processes in water and wastewater treatment. Topics include coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, gas-transfer, membrane separations and adsorption. Prerequisite: ENGRCEE 160 and (ENGRMAE 91 or CBEMS 45C). Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. . Concurrent with ENGRCEE 265. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470405390.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0070418783.


Biological Wastewater Treatment, IWA Publishing, 2008.ISBN- 978-1843391883

Diego Rosso
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC e, EAC f, EAC j.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Learn the fundamentals of water and wastewater treatment process dynamics. (EAC a)

2. Analyze treatment process performance. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC f, EAC j)

3. Understand the professional ethics involved in the process analysis and specification. (EAC f)

Prerequisites by Topic

Introduction to Water and Wastewater treatment; Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes, Unit Operations.

Lecture Topics:
  • Chemical Reactor Theory (Week 1)
  • Coagulation and Flocculation (Week 2)
  • Gravity Separation (Week 3)
  • Gas Transfer: Theory (Week 4)
  • Gas Transfer: Dynamics (Week 5)
  • Disinfection Modeling (Week 6)
  • Filtration (Week 7)
  • Membrane Separations (Week 8)
  • Adsorption (Week 9)
  • Review and possible field trip (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:

Word processing, Excel spreadsheets, Matlab (optional)

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

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

Design Content Description

Students apply Design Process, as defined by ABET, in the context of water and wastewater treatment processes. They are introduced to the preliminary design of physical-chemical treatment processes.

Lectures: Open-ended problems and in-class discussions.

Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 60%
  • Participation: 15%
  • Final Exam: 25%
  • 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: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

December 21, 2015
Senate Approved:
January 12, 2016
Approved Effective:
2016 Fall Qtr