About this Course
Our course explores what can be done to solve the complex problem that half a billion people worldwide do not have improved water supplies and two billion do not have improved sanitation. We look forward to you joining us. We want to help you develop the skills you need to address this major global challenge of the 21st century. Our course has informative video lectures and guest interviews with leading water policy scholars and practitioners. We will provide you with discussion forum topic prompts, which will invite you to engage with other learners from around the globe. Our MOOC will also ask you to attempt weekly quizzes and a challenging assignment that tackles a real water and sanitation problem in a difficult setting. Please watch this trailer: https://youtu.be/Q-HmaCZNd0k
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Beginner Level

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Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 1-3 hours per week
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100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 1-3 hours per week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Introducing Key Facts about Water and Sanitation Services

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Reading
7 videos (Total 77 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Video 0.1: Welcome to AMBS - Fiona Devine7m
Video 1.0: Facts About Water7m
Video 1.1: Global Water and Sanitation Coverage10m
Video 1.2: Infrastructure Coverage (Electricity, Sewerage, Water, Telephone)15m
Video 1.3: Forecasts of Coverage9m
Video 1.4: Conversation with Clarissa Brocklehurst19m
Reading3 readings
More Detail30m
'Conversation' of the week5m
Readings List and Wrap-up10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 115m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Understanding the Political Economy of Water

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Reading
5 videos (Total 45 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Video 2.2: Types of Vendors, Vendor Prices6m
Video 2.3: Money and Water Flows, Onitsha, Nigeria10m
Video 2.4: An Introduction to Corruption11m
Video 2.5: Corruption in South Asia8m
Reading3 readings
Introduction10m
Moving on...10m
Readings List and Wrap-up10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 215m

3

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Supply-Side Costs of Water and Sanitation Services

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Reading
7 videos (Total 106 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Video 3.1: Solution to Cost Calculation6m
Video 3.2: Cost Components and More on Costs14m
Video 3.3: Costs of Non-Piped Technologies12m
Video 3.4: Condominial sewers, desalination9m
Video 3.5: Conversation with Don Lauria - Part One32m
Video 3.6: Conversation with Don Lauria - Part Two17m
Reading4 readings
Introduction10m
More on costs10m
Interview with Donald T. Lauria10m
Readings List and Wrap-up15m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3: Quiz15m

4

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Understanding Demand-Side Issues of Water Supply

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Reading
6 videos (Total 67 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Video 4.2: Households With Piped Connections, Price and Income Elasticities8m
Video 4.3: Households With Water Sources Outside the Home5m
Video 4.4: Household Demand for Drinking Water Quality Improvements8m
Video 4.5: Effect of Social Norms on Household Water Use8m
Video 4.6: Conversation with Marc Jeuland29m
Reading3 readings
Introduction10m
Marc Jeuland Interview10m
Readings List and Wrap-up50m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 415m

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Exploring Health Benefits and Climate Change Issues

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Reading
6 videos (Total 78 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Video 5.2: Estimating the Economic Value of Health Benefits12m
Video 5.3: Exercise on Health vs. Non-Health Benefits for Households With Water Sources Outside the Home5m
Video 5.4: Climate Change, Water and Health14m
Video 5.5: Effects of Climate Change on Water Utilities16m
Video 5.6: Conversation with Clive Agnew16m
Reading4 readings
Introduction10m
More Detail10m
More Detail10m
Readings List and Wrap-up50m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 515m

6

Section
Clock
7 hours to complete

Development Paths for Water and Sanitation Services

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Reading
8 videos (Total 134 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Video 6.1: A Historical Development Path – UK, London and Manchester25m
Video 6.2: Changing Knowledge, Practices and Perceptions15m
Video 6.3: Path Dependency15m
Video 6.4: Changing Course27m
Video 6.5: Capital intensity (England and Wales)11m
Video 6.6: Conversation with Marie Hart28m
Video 6.7: Wrap-up and Reflections4m
Reading4 readings
Water Development Path (I)10m
Water Development Path (II)10m
More Detail10m
Readings List15m
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Top Reviews

By JBApr 8th 2018

all good content, though the formatting in the submission box limited, would prefer to just submit PDFs. Other than that, I got a lot out of it. .\n\nThanks

By JSFeb 10th 2018

Gives you a great overview on the theory of WASH, not much on how to drill wells or installing pipes

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About University of Manchester

Tracing its roots back to 1824, the University of Manchester is home to almost 40,000 students. The University has three Nobel laureates among its current staff – more than any other British university - and a total of 25 Nobel laureates have come from our past and present students and staff. We have three main goals: to undertake world-class research; to deliver an outstanding learning and student experience; and to be socially responsible....

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