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Urban PlanningEnvironmental ProtectionEngineering DesignWastewater Engineering

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
5 hours to complete

Introduction to sanitation planning & systems approach

To get started, you will get an overview of why sanitation is important for human health and environmental protection, especially in urban areas. Then, you will learn about what an Enabling Environment is and why it is important. Towards the end of the first week, you will get a taste of some state-of-the-art environmental sanitation planning approaches (Sanitation 21, CLUES, CLTS) that are currently being used in international development work.

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10 videos (Total 79 min), 8 readings
10 videos
1.1 Overview of the course5m
1.2 City Sanitation Planning (Guest lecture)12m
1.3a City-wide sanitation diagnostic tools and planning frameworks [1] (Guest lecture)7m
1.3b City-wide sanitation diagnostic tools and planning frameworks [2] (Guest lecture)11m
1.4 Local Level Sanitation Planning [1]8m
1.5 Local Level Sanitation Planning [2]4m
1.6 Local Level Sanitation Planning [3]10m
1.7 Summary Week 13m
1.8 BONUS: SDG Baselines - Sanitation Services12m
8 readings
Important information to succeed in this course15m
Key and further readings10m
Connect with your peers5m
Hands-On Challenge - Detective work: Sanitation planning in YOUR community2h
Sanitation 21 – City wide sanitation planning approach1h
CLUES – Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation10m
How to give feedback to the course team?5m
Slides Week 110m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Sanitation systems & technologies

After getting to know different sanitation planning frameworks in the first part of this week, you will learn about the key terminology and concepts used in the systems approach to environmental sanitation. We will also explore why systems thinking is crucial for urban environmental sanitation.

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11 videos (Total 99 min), 3 readings
11 videos
2.2 Sanitation Products9m
2.3 Functional Groups6m
2.4 User Interface Technologies16m
2.5 Collection and Storage/Treatment - Single Pit Technologies9m
2.6 Collection and Storage/Treatment - Double Pit Technologies12m
2.7 Collection and Storage/Treatment - Anaerobic Technologies8m
2.8 Conveyance - Container-based Technologies9m
2.9 Conveyance - Sewer-based Technologies6m
2.9b Conveyance - Condominial Sewerage Systems14m
2.10 Summary Week 22m
3 readings
Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies10m
Hands-On Challenge – Let’s get visual: Draw YOUR sanitation reality2h
Slides Week 210m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Sanitation systems & technologies

During week 3, you will dive more deeply into the technical aspects of different sanitation systems, from the simple single pit system to more complex centralised treatment systems. We introduce you to the main treatment processes in detail, highlighting advantages and disadvantages of each.

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12 videos (Total 86 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
12 videos
3.2 [Semi] Centralized Treatment - Anaerobic Technologies11m
3.3 [Semi] Centralized Treatment - Aerobic Technologies12m
3.4 [Semi] Centralized Treatment - Technologies for Sludge Treatment9m
3.5 Use and/or Disposal - Agricultural Use as Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner7m
3.6 Use and/or Disposal - Effluent and other Products8m
3.7 Emerging Sanitation Technologies2m
3.8 Introduction to Sanitation Systems11m
3.9 Waterless Pit-based Systems5m
3.10 Decentralized Water-based Systems5m
3.11 Black Water Transport Systems4m
3.12 Summary Week 31m
1 reading
Slides Week 310m
1 practice exercise
Quiz1h
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Urban sanitation solutions - Case studies

In this week, you will see much of the theory of the last weeks be put to the test. Here, we present you with case studies from Africa and Asia in which different sanitation solutions from neighbourhood to national scale are trialled or already fully established. Do you already feel familiar with all of them? Watch this week’s video collection to find out!

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6 videos (Total 65 min), 2 readings
6 videos
4.2a Case study Erdos, China - an eco-town pilot project [1]9m
4.2b Case study Erdos, China - an eco-town pilot project [2]5m
4.3a Case study Indonesia - How Sanitation in Indonesia was transformed [1]10m
4.3b Case study Indonesia - How Sanitation in Indonesia was transformed [2]12m
4.4 Case study Lusaka, Zambia - Sanitation service delivery through faecal sludge management12m
2 readings
How to join the global sanitation community?10m
Slides Week 410m
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Top reviews from Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies

By TNNov 20th 2016

An eye opener to inclusive sanitation planning. The course content was very well delivered not to mention the choice of case studies of failed and successful urban sanitation projects. Keep it up!!!

By MSMay 23rd 2017

The course is very well prepared for beginner and intermediate participants and will give more elaborate discussions about sanitation techniques and technologies. I am very happy to did the course.

Instructor

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Christoph Lüthi

Dr.
Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development / Eawag

About École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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