Water Courses

The Water specialization in the Green Technology Diploma program provides breadth and in-depth knowledge in the area of water resources management, wastewater treatment, the understanding of water and wastewater quality, legislation, and standards.


*PRGR 665 and PRGR 681 are two water core courses for students in the Water specialization. The water core requirements are only within the concentration and are not part of the diploma general core requirements.

PRGR 664 Water Instrumentation - 2 credits

This course offers an introduction to the instrumentation trade as it applies to the day-to-day operations of water/wastewater treatment plants. Topics discussed include: types of instruments and control equipment, process measurement and control principles, terminology, design and control systems documentations, operator training, and troubleshooting techniques. It is important to note that this course is not aimed to create tradespersons, but is designed from the viewpoint of plant operators so they can develop more awareness of the plant staff and allow them to effectively monitor and control the plant and major equipment, the treatment process, water production, and plant wastes.

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PRGR 665 Water Basics - 2 credits

This course covers basic information about major issues related to water scarcity and quality and introduces the fundamentals of water chemistry and microbiology as well as water treatment.

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PRGR 666 Water Infrastructure Systems - 2 credits

This course covers analysis and design using commercially available software such as water distribution systems including pipes, reservoir, pumps, and losses. It also covers results visualizations and assessment including pressure, velocity, head losses, analysis, and design using commercially available software. This software includes wastewater collection systems including pipes, manholes, drop manholes, wet wells, and other appurtenances. Maintenance and safety is also discussed including sampling, sampling methods and parameters, analysis and data handling, management, and supervision.

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PRGR 667 Water Treatment and Water Desalination - 2 credits

This course covers physical, chemical, and biological water quality parameters determinations and standards; water treatment units: screens; sedimentation, coagulation/flocculation processes, filtration, and disinfection. This course will also survey the commonly used thermal and membrane based desalination technologies. Environmental, sustainable and economic factors, which may influence the performance, affordability and more wide-spread use of desalination systems for fresh water production and reuse, will be highlighted.

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PRGR 668 Wastewater and Sludge Treatment - 2 credits

The overarching goals of this course are:

a) Design a civil engineering component/ system by applying standards appropriate for design including: codes, regulations, and incorporating multiple constraints into the design in the civil engineering areas of environmental engineering.
b) Identify problem setting and related assumptions, limitations, and solution requirements in the environmental engineering field.
c) Formulate methods and strategies considering all relevant perspectives, solution models, and alternative solution paths.
d) Use selected models, methods, and data to produce the appropriate solution.
e) Use industry standard software to analyse and design engineering components.

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PRGR 669 Green Agriculture and Irrigation Systems - 2 credits

This course covers the water requirements of plants, irrigation scheduling, soil moisture and ET sensors, modern irrigation systems: micro-sprinkler systems, drip systems, irrigation efficiency, and energy demands of irrigation systems, smart irrigation, and controllers, and use of renewable energy for irrigation. Topics covered include the role of soil water content in irrigation, evapotranspiration in relation to green agriculture, smart irrigation, and agricultural and landscape water requirements. In addition, students will be introduced to different irrigation systems and to the implementation of controllers in smart irrigation.

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PRGR 681 Sustainable Water Resources Management - 2 credits

This course is concerned with quantitative methods for analyzing water resource problems. Topics covered include the design and management of facilities for river basin development, flood control, water supply, hydropower, and other activities related to water resources. Stochastic and deterministic methods for approaching and analyzing water resources problems will also be discussed.

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