Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management

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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…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

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".

Who is this class for: This course is an introduction – the only requirements are an Internet connection and an interest in the topic. A general background in environmental or civil engineering, urban planning or geography would help to fully benefit from this course.

Created by:  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Taught by:  Dr. Linda Strande, Group leader

    Management of Excreta, Wastewater and Sludge (MEWS), Eawag-Sandec
Level Intermediate Commitment 4-6 hours/week Language English, Subtitles: French, Spanish How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.8 stars Average User Rating 4.8See what learners said Travail en cours

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


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.


8 videos, 5 readings expand


  1. Video: Trailer - Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management
  2. Lecture: About the course
  3. Lecture: Further reading
  4. Lecture: How to use the forum
  5. Video: 1.1 Course Overview
  6. Video: 1.2 The Global Situation
  7. Video: 1.3 Sanitation research in Sub-Saharan Africa
  8. Video: 1.4 Systems Based Approach
  9. Video: 1.5 What is faecal sludge?
  10. Video: 1.6 What is working?
  11. Video: 1.7 Wrap-up
  12. Lecture: Further reading - Week 1
  13. Lecture: Slides - Week 1


WEEK 2


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.


8 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: 2.1 Treatment Objectives
  2. Video: 2.2 Overview of Treatment Mechanisms
  3. Video: 2.3 Resource recovery
  4. Video: 2.4 Market-driven approach to select treatment products
  5. Video: 2.5 Characterization
  6. Video: 2.6 Quantification
  7. Video: 2.7 Collection and transport technologies
  8. Video: 2.8 Wrap-up
  9. Lecture: Further reading - Week 2
  10. Lecture: Slides - Week 2

Graded: Week 1&2

WEEK 3


Treatment technologies for faecal sludge
The third week of this course focuses on engineering aspects of how to size and properly operate treatment technologies.


9 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: 3.1 Overview of treatment technologies
  2. Video: 3.2 Settling-thickening tanks
  3. Video: 3.3 Unplanted drying beds
  4. Video: 3.4 Planted Drying Beds
  5. Video: 3.5 Co-composting
  6. Video: 3.6 Co-treatment with Wastewater
  7. Video: 3.7 Effluent treatment technologies
  8. Video: 3.8 Design example of a treatment plant
  9. Video: 3.9 Wrap-up
  10. Lecture: Further reading - Week 3
  11. Lecture: Slides - Week 3

Graded: Week 3

WEEK 4


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.


8 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: 4.1 Integrated planning approach
  2. Video: 4.2 Assessment of the Initial situation
  3. Video: 4.3 Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement
  4. Video: 4.4 Institutional Frameworks
  5. Video: 4.5 Financial transfers and flows models
  6. Video: 4.6 Operation and maintenance of treatment plans
  7. Video: 4.7 Engineering Economics
  8. Video: 4.8 Wrap-up
  9. Lecture: Further reading - Week 4
  10. Lecture: Slides - Week 4

Graded: Week 4

WEEK 5


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.


9 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: 5.1 Innovations in collection
  2. Video: 5.2 Innovations In transport
  3. Video: 5.3 Innovations in anaerobic digestion
  4. Video: 5.4 Innovations in conditioning
  5. Video: 5.5 Innovations in solid fuels
  6. Video: 5.6 Innovations in vermi and fly larvae composting
  7. Video: 5.7 Innovations in ammonia and lime treatment
  8. Video: 5.8 Innovative, adaptive and integrated case Study of Durban
  9. Video: 5.9 The Way Forward
  10. Lecture: Further reading - Week 5
  11. Lecture: Slides - Week 5

Graded: Final exam
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