This course was well run for the first half of the semester, Stefano does a fantastic job of teaching the content, as well as promoting positive discussion. Working in Wastewater and Sewerage over my Christmas break made me realise how beneficial this course is, if you are ever wanting to get into the industry. Overall a good course and always interesting content.
For wastewater treatment (first part of the course), the learning materials provided extremely substandard. The slides were too vague and overloaded with information - much of the information was not even important for the final exam or to answer questions. Many of the equations that we needed to make calculations were not even mentioned in the slides - you notice this when going through example questions. Unlike other courses where you can be sure that something has definitely been taught to you by looking at the slides, you will often have to look to other sources such as the textbook to explain things in better detail - but this is not ideal because the prescribed textbook goes way too in depth and it's not clear what you're meant to know.
The lectures for solid waste (second half of the course) were very uninteresting as the lecturer spent most of the time reading the slides instead of going through examples. However, the second lecturer did a better job at making sure exam questions he asked were directly related to what he taught.
The tutorials weren't really that useful for me. Lectures are not recorded which is really annoying. Probably one of the most worst courses I have ever taken in terms of learning experience and organisation.
Semester 2 - 2016
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Final exam is open book
Really disorganised course and slides are incomplete