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Heidi Lois Gough
CEE 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Special topics in civil engineering offered as course with lecture and/or laboratory. Maximum of 6 credits in combination of CEE 498 and CEE 499 may be applied toward an undergraduate degree.

Class description

Water in An Arid Land - study abroad in Jordan. This course examines the engineered water cycle in Jordan as a case study for water management in an arid land, focusing on the impacts of arid conditions on source water quality, appropriate drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies, and approaches to wastewater reclamation. Water is a scarce commodity. Many parts of the world receive little annual rainfall, including much of the developing world. Jordan has faced the challenge of water scarcity for many generations and is ranked among the 10 most water-scarce nations in the world. Beginning in the 1950's large water works projects began to modernize the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure of Jordan, with a main focus on water conservation. Through these conservation efforts, today Jordan has achieved the lowest per capita water consumption rate in the world. For this achievement, Jordanian engineers and scientists have relied on both well established and new innovations.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a study abroad course that occurs during the early-fall session (exploration seminar). Course work takes place at the Jordan University of Science and Technology under the direction of UW faculty. Instruction is through (1) technical tours of treatment facilities and field sites, (2) guest speakers and (3) instructor lectures.

Recommended preparation

A background in the core sciences is highly recommended. Students are admitted by permission of the instruction following individual interview. Application to the course is through the UW Study Abroad website.

Class assignments and grading

Grading is typically based on: (1) Participation (2) Group Discussion (3) Group and Individual Homework problems (4) A Group Project (5) 3-4 Quizes


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Heidi Lois Gough
Date: 06/01/2012