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A Multimedia Based Laboratory Course For Environmental Engineering

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.29.1 - 3.29.7

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Will Manion

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Ronald Kozlowski

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Mike Scott

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Lynn E. Katz

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Lenly J. Weathers

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Session 2251

A Multimedia Based Laboratory Course for Environmental Engineering

Lynn E. Katz1, Lenly J. Weathers2, Ronald Kozlowski2, Mike Scott2 and Will Manion2 1 University of Texas at Austin /2University of Maine


The focus of this project is on the development of interactive multi-media laboratory modules to accompany a physical laboratory course in environmental engineering process dynamics. The courseware modules are intended to enhance the laboratory experience by ensuring that students have a firm grasp of fundamental concepts and experimental methods for conducting process engineering laboratories.

Three major topics are covered in the laboratory course: reactor theory, kinetics, and mass transfer. The goal of the project is to produce one to two multi-media modules for each major topic. The modules are designed to teach students how to collect, analyze and interpret data to obtain design parameters for engineered processes or mathematical modeling of contaminant transport in the environment. Each module contains concept, laboratory and analysis tutorials, videos of each lab, and an animated laboratory that can be used by the students to evaluate the effect of different design and operational parameters.

Students are expected to review the modules at various points in the learning process. Prior to conducting the physical laboratory, students are expected to complete the concept and pre-lab tutorials, view the laboratory videos, and “run” the virtual laboratory using the operating parameters that will be employed in the physical laboratory. The objective of this assignment is to allow students to acquire visual and conceptual familiarity with the experiment and to determine sampling times and data requirements. After they have collected their own data in the laboratory, they will use the courseware again to learn data analysis techniques and to observe the impact of varying parameter conditions. The expected benefits of these modules include improving the quality of data obtained in the laboratory, enhancing student understanding of key concepts, and allowing them to establish the link between theory and application.


The objective of this work was to develop a course for undergraduate civil engineers that provides an introduction to the fundamentals of environmental processes which control contaminant transport in the environment. More specifically the course is designed to emphasize basic process fundamentals, provide exposure to design techniques and allow students to acquire familiarity with the procedures for obtaining and determining design parameters for full scale systems from laboratory testing. The course is divided into three major sections: environmental

Manion, W., & Kozlowski, R., & Scott, M., & Katz, L. E., & Weathers, L. J. (1998, June), A Multimedia Based Laboratory Course For Environmental Engineering Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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