Master Course Outline
WTM 190
Water Quality and Environmental Chemistry


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
Applied lab science course focused on water chemistry for workforce education and non-science academic majors. Covers water quality sampling, testing, and reporting procedures for suite of common parameters and relevant background science. Emphasizes importance of accuracy, precision, and chain of custody when completing lab analyses. Recommended: WTM 139, WTM 205, WTM 239, BIOL 130, and/or EST 202.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Interpret the periodic table to compare and contrast elements and their component particles.
  • Explain the factors affecting the quality of a body of water.
  • Define commonly used water quality parameters and how they interact to determine the quality of a water sample.
  • Choose appropriate units of measure to describe values.
  • Assess the quality of water samples using analytical lab equipment and interpreting test results from an array of parameters.

  • Course Topics
  • Lab safety.
  • Periodic table.
  • Units of measurement.
  • Overview of fresh water and environmental chemistry.
  • Quality assurance and quality control.
  • Nomenclature of ions and compounds.
  • Acids and bases - pH.
  • Conductivity, turbidity, and solids.
  • Alkalinity and hardness.
  • Dissolved oxygen, BOD, and temperature.
  • Organic nutrients, nitrogen, and phosphorus.
  • Micro-organisms.
  • Drinking water treatment plant operators.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    WTM 190
    Spring 2017
    1330
    Jason Selwitz
    WTM 190
    Spring 2016
    1330
    Gwen Stahnke


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.