About this Course
Do you want learn how to apply concepts of sustainable faecal sludge management (FSM) on a city-wide scale? This course starts with an overview of what faecal sludge is and an introduces you to the engineering fundamentals and required information for the design and selection of technologies. Sanitation solutions are prone to failure if an integrated planning approach that includes stakeholder involvement and the development of appropriate institutional, management and financial arrangements is not implemented. The course therefore dedicates a complete week to presenting the full picture, in addition to technology, that needs to be considered for sustainable solutions. It concludes with a focus on current research and innovations in technologies, to provide an understanding of the most up-to-date options. This course is one of four in the series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development".
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-6 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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100% online course

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Clock

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-6 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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4 hours to complete

An introduction to faecal sludge management

This first week of this course includes an overview of what faecal sludge is, and the importance of an integrated approach to faecal sludge management. It provides an introduction to what is currently lacking, weak links in the service chain, and also presents positive examples of what is working. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 70 min), 6 readings
Video8 videos
1.1 Course Overview8m
1.2 The Global Situation8m
1.3 Sanitation research in Sub-Saharan Africa12m
1.4 Systems Based Approach10m
1.5 What is faecal sludge?8m
1.6 What is working?11m
1.7 Wrap-up6m
Reading6 readings
Important information to succeed in this course10m
Further reading10m
Connect with your peers10m
How to give feedback to the course team?10m
Further reading - Week 10m
Slides - Week 110m

2

Section
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4 hours to complete

Overview of fundamentals for design and selection of treatment technologies

The second week of this course is based on an integrated engineering design approach, and will introduce fundamentals and required information for the design and selection of technologies, including objectives, mechanisms, quantification and characterization. It also includes the collection and transport of faecal sludge to treatment....
Reading
8 videos (Total 63 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
2.2 Overview of Treatment Mechanisms8m
2.3 Resource recovery8m
2.4 Market-driven approach to select treatment products9m
2.5 Characterization7m
2.6 Quantification8m
2.7 Collection and transport technologies7m
2.8 Wrap-up5m
Reading2 readings
Further reading - Week 20m
Slides - Week 210m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 1&245m

3

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Treatment technologies for faecal sludge

The third week of this course focuses on engineering aspects of how to size and properly operate treatment technologies....
Reading
9 videos (Total 84 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
3.2 Settling-thickening tanks8m
3.3 Unplanted drying beds9m
3.4 Planted Drying Beds9m
3.5 Co-composting10m
3.6 Co-treatment with Wastewater14m
3.7 Effluent treatment technologies9m
3.8 Design example of a treatment plant10m
3.9 Wrap-up4m
Reading2 readings
Further reading - Week 30m
Slides - Week 310m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 345m

4

Section
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4 hours to complete

Integrated approach to faecal sludge management

Sanitation solutions do not rely on technology alone, and are prone to failure if an integrated planning approach that includes stakeholder involvement and the development of appropriate institutional, management and financial arrangements is not implemented. Presented in week 4 is the full picture, in addition to technology, that needs to be considered for sustainable solutions....
Reading
8 videos (Total 75 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
4.2 Assessment of the Initial situation8m
4.3 Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement9m
4.4 Institutional Frameworks10m
4.5 Financial transfers and flows models10m
4.6 Operation and maintenance of treatment plans8m
4.7 Engineering Economics11m
4.8 Wrap-up6m
Reading2 readings
Further reading - Week 40m
Slides - Week 410m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 445m

5

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Innovations in faecal sludge management

Faecal sludge management is a relatively new and rapidly growing field. As a result, many solutions are not yet fully developed, which has to be carefully considered in technology implementation. Week 5 will focus on current research and innovations in technologies, to provide an understanding of the most up-to-date options, and what needs to be considered for further development and implementation....
Reading
9 videos (Total 82 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
5.2 Innovations In transport10m
5.3 Innovations in anaerobic digestion11m
5.4 Innovations in conditioning5m
5.5 Innovations in solid fuels8m
5.6 Innovations in vermi and fly larvae composting7m
5.7 Innovations in ammonia and lime treatment9m
5.8 Innovative, adaptive and integrated case Study of Durban14m
5.9 The Way Forward7m
Reading3 readings
Slides - Week 510m
Further reading - Week 50m
Please share your views with us!10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final exam30m
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Top Reviews

By BDJun 11th 2018

It was an excellent learning opportunity with a new challenging field of research. I am keen to register more subjects in the future in related subjects under your mentoring. RegardsDr. Bhaskar Das

By TSJun 9th 2017

Highly recommended course for anyone who wants to learn about the basics of Faecal Sludge Management. I thank the instructors and the entire team for a thorough coverage of topics in FSM.

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Dr. Linda Strande

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