AGEN 120 Course Outline
State University of New York at Morrisville

Dr. Walid H. Shayya
School of Agriculture and Natural Resouces

Course Outline for AGEN 120

Water Supply and Sanitation


Spring 2011

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Dr. Walid H. Shayya

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AGEN 120 covers the basic concepts of water supply and sanitation.  The course is introductory in nature and attempts to provide a basic review of some of the disciplines that have specific applications in water supply and sanitation.  In addition, there will be some focus on the development of water sources, the selection and installation of pumping equipments, and water treatment.  The laboratory emphasizes the hands-on approach for demonstrating concepts.  Also, there is emphasis on using spreadsheet and computer programs that allow the students to solve basic and advanced problems without having to be bogged down in mathematical computations.


At the successful completion of AGEN 120, the student is expected to have:
  1. Gained an appreciation for the importance of water for individual health and the success of society.

  2. Utilized spreadsheet and computer programs in solving hydraulic problems that relate to water supply and sanitation.

  3. Understood the principles and operation of water pumps and domestic water supply systems.

  4. Understood water quality issues as they affect homes and businesses.

  5. Developed a basic understanding of the principles and operation of on-site wastewater treatment systems.

  6. Understood the principles of operation of common wastewater treatment facilities.


The instructor has the following designated office hours per week:

If necessary, students are also encouraged to make appointments to see the instructor at other times. Students with disabilities who require accommodations to fully-participate in the course activities are requested to contact the instructor within the first two weeks of the semester.


AGEN 120 is a two-credit hour course.  It includes three contact hours per week (one for lecture and two for the laboratory).  One section of the lecture and one section of the laboratory are offered.  The schedule of the offered sections is as follows:


A course manual is available from the campus bookstore.  It includes the instructors PowerPoint presentations (printed in handout format), pertinent reading material, and all of the laboratory exercises.  The following textbook will serve as a reference and may also be purchased from the campus bookstore:

Hammer, M.J. and M.J. Hammer.  2007. Water and Wastewater Technology (6th  edition).  Prentice Hall, New Jersey.


A scientific calculator is required.



Evaluation is a shared responsibility between the teacher and the student. The purpose of the evaluation is to demonstrate how well the professor has taught and the student has learned specific course materials, the principles, concepts and terms relevant to the covered topics, and to determine the students' ability to apply that knowledge to specific situations.

The breakdown of grading in this course will be as follows:

The distribution of grades in this course will be based on the A-F College grading scheme. The letter grades correspond to the following percentage scale: A (90-100%), A- (87-89.9%), B+ (83-86.9%), B (80-82.9%), B- (77-79.9%), C+ (73-76.9%), C (70-72.9%), C- (67-69.9%), D+ (63-66.9%), D (60-62.9%), and F (<60%).



Lecture Topic*

1 Course outline
Outline of term project
2 Water and water sources 1
3 Overview of basic units 4
4 Water pressure
Pressure-velocity-head relationships
5 Closed pipe flow
Review of the study guide of the first exam
6 First class examination  
7 Pumping fundamentals, affinity laws, pump curves, and system characteristics curves  4
8 Power requirements of pumps
Gravity flow in pipes and introduction to open channel flow
Week 9 - Spring Break (No classes)
10 Groundwater hydrology
Gravity and confined wells
11 Surface and ground water quality 5
12 Chemical and microbiological quality of drinking water
Review of the study guide of the second exam
13 Second class examination  
14 Domestic wastewater flows and characteristics 9
15 Municipal Wastewater Treatment systems 10
16 Review of sewage treatment options
Review of the study guide of the final exam
Final Examination (comprehensive)


Week:  Date

Laboratory Topic (Location)*

1: Jan. 19 Introduction to Microsoft Excel (208 Bicknell Hall)
2: Jan. 25 Selection of water supply pipes and fittings (121 Wood Tech. Building)
3: Feb.1 Cutting, threading, and soldering pipes (121 Wood Tech. Building)
4: Feb. 8 Static head problems (208 Bicknell Hall)
5: Feb. 15 Pipe friction and sizing problems (208 Bicknell Hall)
6: Feb. 22 Sizing pumps and pressure tanks for domestic water supply systems (208 Bicknell)
7: Mar. 1 Common pumps and pressure tank types (121 Wood Tech. Building)
8: Mar. 8 Open channel and gravity flow in circular pipes (208 Bicknell Hall)
Week 9 - Spring Break - No classes
10: Mar. 22 Well hydraulics (208 Bicknell Hall)
11: Mar. 29 Storm runoff (208 Bicknell Hall)
12: Apr. 5 Water treatment of farmstead and rural home water systems (208 Bicknell Hall)
13: Apr. 12 Site appraisal for onsite wastewater disposal (208 Bicknell Hall)
14: Apr. 19 Overview of individual residential wastewater systems (208 Bicknell Hall)
15: April 26 Water and wastewater treatment facilities at Morrisville State College
16: May 3 Term project completion

*The topics and corresponding dates listed in the tables above are tentative and may be subject to change during the semester.