1.9. – 1.12.2014

Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation

Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation
Course Dates: 01.09.2014-01.12.2014
Registration Dates: 01.08.2014-30.08.2014
Coordinating University: University of Jyväskylä
Coordinator: Professor Tuula Tuhkanen
Co-coordinator: Professor Anthony Gachanja Jomo,Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Assistant: Elijah Ngumba
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: General

Course content: The course core content consists of the definition of Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation (Improved water supply and sanitation), History of sanitation, access to water supply and sanitation in different cultures, Health and safety related to water & sanitation, Water and sanitation in emergencies Microbiological and chemical risks related to water supply and sanitation, Emerging water related risks such as the Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in urban hydrological cycle, Control of risks & Water and Sanitation Safety Plans, Reuse of excreta and urine, Socio-economic aspects related to sanitation.

Learning methods: The course is divided into modules lasting 2 weeks. Each module consists of a video lecture and/or reading material and assignment. Assignments include group works, peer reviews of the other students’ work, individually written assignment, quizzes or participation in asynchronous discussions on the course topics.

Objectives:The focus of the course is sustainable water access and sanitation. What is the significance of water access and sanitation, which are the current practices and technologies in use and how are the most vulnerable people as well as ecological sustainability taken into account? In addition, the themes of safety, technical feasibility, socio-economic aspects and ecological sustainability of alternative, non-traditional sanitation are covered during the course. One of the course aims is to provide a channel for water and sanitation experts and future professionals in different countries to exchange ideas and information.

Study material: The material is mostly based on lectures given by international experts during the Safe and Sustainable Sanitation Workshop, held at Tampere University of Technology, August 2012. In addition national and international experts give lectures regarding water related risks, cultural aspects and risk communication. There will be a contact session in Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in October 2104.

Assessment:The course is graded in a scale from 1 to 5. Successful completion of all assignments is required to receive credits from the course. All assignments are to be submitted by the due date and count for a certain amount of course points. There are 100 course points in total to be awarded. Assignments submitted late are not marked for course points but can be marked passed with zero points. The course grade is determined following the ruleGrade = (Course points – 45) / 10rounded to a full number. 50 points adds up to a total grade of 1/5 (satisfactory) and 90 points to a grade of 5/5 (excellent).