American Univesity of Beirut

Water Courses

​​​​A water core requirement of 4 credits is introduced in the water concentration. This water core requirement is within the concentration and is not part of the diploma general core requirements.

PRGR 664 Water Instrumentation (Syllabus) (2 cr.)   

This course offers an introduction to the instrumentation trade as it applies to the day-to-day operations of water/wastewater treatment plants. Topics discussed include: types of instruments and control equipment, process measurement and control principles, terminology, design and control systems documentations, operator training, and troubleshooting techniques. It is important to note that this course is not aimed to create tradespersons, but is designed from the viewpoint of plant operators so they can develop more awareness of the plant staff and allow them to effectively monitor and control the plant and major equipment, the treatment process, water production, and plant wastes.

PRGR 665* Water Basics (*Water Core Course) (Syllabus) (2 cr.)   

This course covers basic information about major issues related to water scarcity and quality and introduces the fundamentals of water chemistry and microbiology, as well as, water treatment.

PRGR 666 Water Infrastructure Systems (Syllabus) (2 cr.)

This course covers analysis and design using commercially available software such as water distribution systems including: pipes, reservoir, pumps, and losses. It also covers results visualizations and assessment including: pressure, velocity, head losses, analysis, and design using commercially available software. This software includes: wastewater colle​ction systems including:  pipes, manholes, drop manholes, wet wells, and other appurtenances. Maintenance and safety is also discussed including: sampling, sampling methods and parameters, analysis and data handling, management, and supervision.

PRGR 667 Water Treatment and Water Desalination (Syllabus) (2 cr.)   

This course covers physical, chemical, and biological water quality parameters determinations and standards; water treatment units: screens; sedimentation, coagulation/flocculation processes, filtration, and disinfection. This course will also survey the commonly used thermal and membrane based desalination technologies. Environmental, sustainable and economic factors, which may influence the performance, affordability and more wide-spread use of desalination systems for fresh water production and reuse, will be highlighted.

PRGR 668 Wastewater and Sludge Treatment (Syllabus)​ (2 cr.)   

The overarching goals of this course are:

a) Design a civil engineering component/ system by applying standards appropriate for design including: codes, regulations, and incorporating multiple constraints into the design in the civil engineering areas of environmental engineering. 
b) Identify problem setting and related assumptions, limitations, and solution requirements in the environmental engineering field. 
c) Formulate methods and strategies considering all relevant perspectives, solution models, and alternative solution paths. 
d) Use selected models, methods, and data to produce the appropriate solution. 
e) Use industry standard software to analyse and design engineering components.

PRGR 669 Green Agriculture and Irrigation Systems (Syllabus) (2 cr.) 

This course covers water requirements of plants, irrigation, scheduling, soil moisture, and ET sensors. Modern irrigation systems are also covered such as micro-sprinkler systems, drip systems, irrigation efficiency, and energy demands of irrigation systems. Topics also include smart irrigation controllers, and the use of renewable energy for irrigation.

PRGR 681* Sustainable Water Resources Management (*Water Core Course) (Syllabus) (2 cr.)   

This course is concerned with quantitative methods for analyzing water resource problems. Topics covered include: the design and management of facilities for river basin development, flood control, water supply, hydropower, and other activities related to water resources. Stochastic and deterministic methods for approaching and analyzing water resources problems will be discussed.


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