Syllabus: Fall 2015
327 Murdough ("MEM area")
Payal Kode (head TA), Suey Chen, Maithreya Kedambadi, Ryan Strain, Mariette van der Wegen, Pierre-François Wolfe
A survey of the sources, measurement techniques, and treatment technologies relating to environmental pollution resulting from human activities. The course is technology-focused but also touches on topics related to the implementation of technology in the real world such as public perception, policy and legislation, and choosing between technological alternatives. Topics include water pollution, air pollution, solid waste, fate and transport of pollutants in the environment, and pollution prevention. Consideration of each area includes general background and key concepts, detailed design examples, and case studies/current topics. The course includes guest lectures and three field trips, including a visit to the local wastewater treatment plant.
Environmental Engineering Science
by William W. Nazaroff and Lisa Alvarez-Cohen
John Wiley & Sons © 2001 (hardbound or paperback)
- Knowledge of the main forms of air, water and land pollution,
- Ability to perform a mass balance for an open system,
- Ability to design scrubbers, cyclones and electrostatic precipitators, and ability to select the technology appropriate to the application,
- Understanding how a wastewater treatment plant works,
- Knowledge of methods of pollution prevention inside a manufacturing plant,
- A basic understanding of risk assessment,
- Knowledge of what an environmental engineer is and does.
- Lectures by instructor (MB01 Zaleski Auditorium, MWF, 12:30-1:35)
- X-hour on Tuesday 1:00-1:50pm (used occasionally to make up lectures)
- Three lectures replaced by local field trips (mandatory participation)
- Several guest lectures (see schedule below)
- Weekly graded homeworks (Friday to Friday)
- One thinking question at end of each homework
- Review sessions run by TAs (to be scheduled, likely in the evening)
- Take-home mid-term examination (2+ days, open books)
- Final Examination (several days, open books)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2 to 4pm.
327 Murdough (Professor's office)
- 40% Homeworks
- 10% Extra thinking questions at end of homeworks
- 25% Mid-term exam
- 25% Final exam
Academic Honor Code
As always, students are expected to observe all aspects of the Academic Honor Principle. In this course, collaboration is allowed during homework preparation, although students have to turn in their individual answers. No collaboration whatsoever is allowed during the mid-term and final examinations. During those assignments, questions can only be directed to the instructor or the TAs.
Dartmouth College policy requires that any apparent violation of the Honor Code be reported to the Committee on Standards. The professor does not have another choice, regardless of how he/she may feel.
No use of personal electronics in class
Use of laptop computers, cell phones or other communication electronic devices is forbidden during class. This is to avoid distractions. Multi-tasking has been shown to be detrimental to learning. The only granted exception to this rule is to students with documented writing disabilities who need a computer for note taking.
Note on email communications
Email communications with the instructor are most welcome at any time as long as they deal with questions on the materials taught in class or absences from class. Students are asked to refrain from using email to set up appointments. To see the instructor, students are asked to drop by his office (any time is a good time as long as the professor is in!) or use the office hours listed above.
Note to students with disabilities
Students with any type of disability are encouraged to contact the instructor to discuss their needs and what accommodations are necessary. Such contact should be made at the beginning of the term or, in the case of a new condition, as soon as it occurs.
|14 Sept.||-||-||Environmental Engineering as a course, a field and
|21 Sept.||Mass balance
|28 Sept.||Environmental chemistry
|-||Issues in water quality|
|5 Oct.||Water treatment: Overview||Settling tanks||Wastewater treatment plants
|12 Oct.||Wastewater treatment plants
|-||Wastewater treatment plants
|19 Oct.||Issues in air quality
Mid-term exam assigned
Mid-term exam due
|26 Oct.||Wet scrubbers
|2 Nov.||Field trip 1 (*)||-||Field trip 2 (*)||-||Field trip 3 (*)|
|9 Nov.||Industrial ecology
|-||Dr. Chris Polashenski
of energy systems
& the environment
|16 Nov.||Life cycle
|-||-||-||Final exam assigned
|23 Nov.||-||-||Final exam due
(*) Students gathered in three groups (Groups 1, 2 & 3) take turn participating in three different field trips: Hanover water reclamation plant, Life-Sciences Center building on campus, and Dartmouth Organic Farm.