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Water Resources Engineering Technology

Diploma
Water Resources Engineering Technology

Program Overview

Around the world, growing populations and changing geographical demographics are putting pressure on the planet’s most precious resource - water. This is increasing the demand for skilled water resources engineering technologists.  How our society uses water in the years ahead will impact every sector—business, industry, agriculture, recreation and government. Water resources engineering technologists will be there—whether it is to ensure that a watershed is monitored and regulated, rivers are engineered to work with our expanding populations, water and wastewater treatment systems are designed to meet growing demands, or to assess and minimize the impacts of floods or droughts on a watershed.

Water Resources Engineering Technology is a 27-month diploma program offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. You’ll take five academic semesters plus two consecutive Co-operative Education work terms. You’ll gain marketable skills in watershed management, design and modelling of water distribution systems and rivers, environmental engineering, surface and groundwater hydrology, municipal infrastructure, river engineering, water and wastewater system design and operation and project management.

You’ll develop well-rounded knowledge and skills in:

  • atmospheric and hydrometric data collection and analysis
  • computer applications and modelling
  • hydraulics and water chemistry
  • river engineering
  • hydrology
  • municipal infrastructure
  • irrigation
  • water supply and flood/drought risk
  • water quality management

You’ll learn in classroom and laboratory settings. You’ll participate in field and survey camps, practical assignments, and carry out an applied research project.

The Co-op Work Term Advantage

Co-operative work terms are paid, so you’ll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it’s up to you to shine. It’s also a chance to develop important “soft skills” in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.

Nationally Recognized Credential

The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the Engineering Technologist level, which allows you to work across Canada.

Diploma to Degree

Use your diploma to ladder into an applied science degree at Lakeland College in Alberta, an environmental science or environmental management degree at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Water resources engineering technologists are in demand. Potential employers include provincial and federal governments, research laboratories, inspection agencies, environmental agencies, engineering firms, construction companies, industrial plants and hydroelectric utilities. On graduation, you’ll be qualified to work as an engineering technologist, project manager, environmental protection officer (EPO), compliance officer, lab supervisor, lab technologist or a water analyst. Your job might be office based, field oriented or a combination of both.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length:

76 weeks

NOTE: Application to this program is suspended, effective July 1, 2015

See our new Civil Engineering Technologies program, with specialties in Civil Construction and Water Resources.


There are five academic semesters and two consecutive mandatory paid Co-operative Education work terms. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.

Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Math A30, B30 and C30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 85 Arithmetic
  • 40 College Level Math
  • 80 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 3 - $2,800

International Students

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Courses

The program follows this academic and co-operative education schedule. Courses are outlined below by semester.
  Sept - Dec Jan - Apr May - Aug
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work term 1
Year 2 Work term 2 Semester 3 May - July
Semester 4
Year 3 Semester 5     
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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DRFT 104
Sketching
2
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You will receive an introduction to the techniques and standards required to communicate graphically. The course content includes sketching of orthographic and isometric views, geometric constructions, sectional views, lettering, dimensioning and scaling as part of the drafting component.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 124
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 105
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
4
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You will receive an introduction to the techniques and standards required to communicate graphically. The course content includes a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) user interface, view control, 2D geometric construction and drawing aids, layers, blocks, text, paper space, model space and plotting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MAT 120
Mathematics for Construction Engineering Technologies
6
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You will gain a basic background in trigonometry and algebra that is needed to do problem solving in applied areas and to advance to a study of calculus. You will study measurement, computations, algebraic operations, simplifications and solutions, trigonometry, graphing, exponents and logarithms. This course is intended to meet your needs in the construction stream of engineering technologies.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 100, MAT 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
PHYS 102
Applied Physics
4
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Your studies will focus on the basic physics principles of: vectors; Newton's three laws of motion; work, energy, power, impulse and momentum; temperature, heat, and fluid mechanics.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): MECA 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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You will receive an orientation to your program and learn where and how the technician/technologist fits into the workplace and society. You will become familiar with the role of technicians/technologists in society, study and time management skills, increasing diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability, the impact of technology on society and workplace safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
SRVY 120
Surveying 1
5
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You will receive an introduction to the basics of surveying. The course content includes horizontal measurements, levelling, angle and direction measurement, computations, traverses and drafting plans.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
TCOM 102
Communication in Technology
3
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Your studies will focus on the basic skills required of the technologist in the workplace. You will examine the communication process and interpersonal and workplace communication techniques. The course content includes technical writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
TERR 121
Engineering Geology
5
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You will be provided with an introduction to physical geology and geomorphology. You will study the origins and classification of rocks and minerals, the geomorphological processes of erosion, water, and wind, and the landforms created by these processes. There will be an emphasis on Saskatchewan’s glaciated terrain. Labs will provide you opportunities to display spatial data and create map layouts using current GIS software, as well as an overview on map reading.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): TERR 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 225
Survey Camp
6
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Using the knowledge gained in previous surveying and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) courses, you will participate in surveying exercises and perform two projects in the field. In the first project, you will use the data collected in the field to produce a topographic map of one area. In the second project, you will document, design and layout a section of roadway including a horizontal curve. You will be introduced to the application of GPS survey equipment.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COAP 108(concurrent), SRVY 222(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): CAMP 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
COAP 108
Civil Design
3
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You will become familiar with and use standard drafting practices and symbols to produce typical civil engineering drawings using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software. You will also use the basic concepts and applications of civil design software.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 105
Corequisites(s): SRVY 222
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 176
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CONC 120
Concrete Technology
3
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You will be introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of concrete technology. Building on the skills developed in the classroom and lab, you will perform current CSA test procedures on plastic and hardened concrete, and fine and coarse aggregates.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Equivalent Course(s): CONC 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MAT 246
Analytical Geometry and Calculus
4
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You will study analytical geometry, graphical and numerical methods for understanding of the concepts and operations of technical calculus, and problem solving using derivatives. You will also receive an introduction to differential and integral calculus.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101 or MAT 120
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
MEAS 106
Analytical Measurements
3
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You will learn to work safely in a laboratory and field setting. You will learn to work effectively with measurement numbers related to the collection and analysis of water, air and soil samples. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of documenting practices and procedures in support of Quality Assurance/ Quality Control (QA/QC) and due diligence.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 39.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENVR 120, MEAS 108
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SOIL 120
Soil Analysis
3
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Your studies will focus on data collection, analysis and reports for the identification, classification and determination of properties of earth materials. You will perform industry-standard test procedures on soil and aggregate. You will evaluate the methods and determine the results.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): TERR 121
Equivalent Course(s): SOIL 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
SRVY 222
Surveying
4
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Building on the skills developed in SRVY 120 (Surveying 1), you will focus on topographic surveys using Total Stations with data collection. You will be introduced to survey drawings and maps, contours, profiles and cross sections, calculating construction volumes, and calculating horizontal and vertical curves. You will also be introduced to survey control using local grids, UTM and the Western Canada Land Survey System.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 65.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101, SRVY 120
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
TCOM 103
Workplace Communication
3
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Building on the skills you developed in TCOM 102 (Communication in Technology), you will apply basic research skills to create workplace documents. Your studies will focus on the workplace skills of creating effective client relations, conducting meetings and giving presentations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 141, TCOM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Co-operative Work Term

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COOP 101
Co-operative Work Term
0
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Your co-operative education term will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate theoretical and practical concepts learned in the classroom and gain valuable experience in a work setting.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 640.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Coop Education Work Term, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
HYDM 221
Hydrometeorology
2
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You will learn the basics of hydrometeorology with a focus on the atmospheric portion of the hydrological cycle. The course content includes humidity, precipitation, wind, air mass movement, climate, interception and infiltration.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101, PHYS 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
HYDO 225
Groundwater Technology
6
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You will discuss the principles of groundwater, drilling, design and construction. You will also discuss the maintenance requirements of wells, groundwater protection and groundwater law.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): SOIL 120, MAT 246
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
HYDR 220
Hydraulics
6
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You will receive an introduction to the application of basic fluid mechanics principles (including pressure measurement, forces on submerged planes, buoyancy and stability, general energy equation and viscosity) and the fundamentals of hydrodynamics (including hydraulics of flow in pipes, flow measurement devices and pumping system design).
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 246, PHYS 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
INST 227
Instrumentation and Measurement
5
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You will receive an introduction to the instruments used for meteorological measurements in this lab-oriented course. These include precipitation, temperature, wind, sunshine, humidity, pressure, and evapotranspiration.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101, PHYS 102, HYDM 221(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
LABS 220
Water/Wastewater Lab Analysis
4
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Your studies will focus on the lab skills required to obtain water and wastewater quality measurements. You will gain an understanding of what is involved in obtaining analytical results and comparing those results to the regulations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101
Corequisites(s): WTER 230
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
STAT 201
Statistics for Construction Engineering Technologies
3
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Your studies will focus on the concepts and computations of statistics within the technical world in this technology statistics course. Statistical thinking and communicating will be emphasized. You will use mathematical methods and notations to gain a general understanding of statistical terminology, skills and methods. The course consists of three basic and building parts - an introduction to descriptive statistics (by organization and presentation techniques using tables and graphs), probability theory (presented as the link between descriptive and inferential statistics) and inferential statistics (by way of technical and business applications based on simple random sampling, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing and regression-correlation analysis).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 233, STAT 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
WTER 230
Water Chemistry 1
5
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You will study the general principles of chemistry and chemical calculations. Stoichiometry, concentration determination, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, pH, volumetric and gravimetric analysis, and interpreting quantitative results with regard to accepted standards will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 68.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101, MEAS 106, LABS 202(concurrent)
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 226
Field Camp
4
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You will participate in a number of field activities including a hydrographic survey of a river pump testing an aquifer/groundwater well and testing the quality of a drinking water supply.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CAMP 225
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
HYDO 228
Hydrology 1
3
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You will learn the basic concepts of surface water hydrology with an emphasis on understanding the hydrological processes critical to the planning, design and operation of engineering projects for the management and utilization of water. You will acquire meteorological and hydrometric data sets to perform hydrologic analyses.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): HYDM 221, STAT 201
Corequisites(s): INST 231
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
HYDR 221
Hydraulics
3
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You will continue your study of flow in pipe networks, building on the knowledge gained in HYDR 220 - Hydraulics (including friction and minor head losses). You will examine open channel flow, pump selection and flow measurement techniques. The course content includes practical laboratory experiments and writing laboratory reports.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): HYDR 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
INST 231
Instrumentation and Measurement
3
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Your studies will focus on water level, stream discharge, well logging, sediment and water quality measurements. You will also operate water level data loggers and spend time in the field taking hydrometric measurements.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): INST 227, SRVY 222
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
MGMT 103
Construction Contracts
3
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You will be introduced to construction contracts and all of its aspects, including Canadian contract law and the contract standards (CCDC). The course provides an introduction to construction project organization and contracting. You will also be introduced to how a typical construction project is organized, awarded, managed and completed; as well as the roles and requirements of all parties involved.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 225
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
WTER 226
Organic Chemistry
3
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You will study the general principles of organic chemistry and the importance of microbiology as they apply to environmental monitoring, control and analysis. You will apply these theories to proper sampling protocol and laboratory analysis, with an emphasis on interpreting the laboratory results.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): WTER 230, (LABS 220 or LABS 202)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WTER 231
Watershed Management
3
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You will learn how water is managed at federal, provincial and municipal levels. With an emphasis on how water is valued, you will learn how decisions are made to protect consumptive and non-consumptive uses and how watershed planning is used to protect the quality of water.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): TERR 121
Corequisites(s): HYDO 228
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ENVR 232
Environmental Engineering
4
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The course provides an introduction to environmental impact assessments (EIA) including their components, processes and applicable regulations. You will study the effects of engineering projects and human activities on the biophysical and human environment. You will identify the aims and objectives of an EIA as they pertain to Canada and Saskatchewan. Emphasis will be placed on the stages of an EIA, which includes proposals, screening, scoping through to monitoring and compliance.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): WTER 231
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
HYDO 229
Hydrology 2
4
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You will apply hydrologic principles to estimate stream flows, water supplies and flood potential. Modelling of rivers, reservoirs and river basins will be done. You will apply theoretical methods to problems in water supply, flood protection and reservoir design.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): HYDR 221, HYDO 228, INST 231
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MGMT 226
Project Management
4
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Your studies will focus on the project management process. You will practice scheduling, resource allocation, estimating and bidding. You will estimate cost for a small project and prepare a project bid.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MGMT 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MUNI 220
Municipal Infrastructure
5
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You will become familiar with planning and designing municipal infrastructures. This includes roadway and lot layout, servicing developed areas with storm water and sanitary sewers, and potable water delivery.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): HYDR 221, COAP 108
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RVRS 220
River Engineering
4
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You will become familiar with how nature and humans interact with rivers. The course content includes a study of how river geometry changes with changes in flow (erosion, sediment deposition and transport). You will also examine human interaction with rivers when designing works such as intakes, outfalls, stream crossings and dams.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): HYDR 221, INST 231
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
TCOM 104
Applied Research in Technology
2
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You will develop a technical proposal and apply advanced research skills to a technical problem. You will use the technical problem-solving process in an applied research project and present your research findings in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 103 or ENGL 101
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 115, COMM 182, COMM 290, TCOM 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
WTER 232
Water and Wastewater
5
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You will study typical and advanced unit processes utilized in water and wastewater treatment. You will examine detailed physical, chemical and biological treatments utilizing information and skills gained from previous courses in water chemistry and water and wastewater treatment to complete a water assessment project. You will incorporate regulatory guidelines and industry standards into the design portion of the project.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): WTER 226, HYDR 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • block credit transfer to the third year of the Bachelor of Science degree programs, Royal Roads University
  • admission eligibility to the Bachelor of Technology program, Memorial University, Newfoundland (13 courses, totalling 39 credit hours, are required to fulfill the degree requirements; courses are available online)

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Canadian Technology Accreditation Board until March 1, 2016

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