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Academic Year/course: 2017/18

423 - Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering

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Academic Year:
28774 - Waste Management and Debugging Techniques. Civil Constructions
Faculty / School:
175 - Escuela Universitaria Politécnica de La Almunia
423 - Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering
Second semester
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5.1. Methodological overview

The learning process designed for this subject is based on the following:


Strong interaction between the teacher/student. This interaction is brought into being through a division of work and responsibilities between the students and the teacher. Nevertheless, it must be taken into account that, to a certain degree, students can set their learning pace based on their own needs and availability, following the guidelines set by the teacher.


The current subject is conceived as a stand-alone combination of contents, yet organized into three fundamental and complementary forms, which are: the theoretical concepts of each teaching unit, the solving of problems or resolution of questions and laboratory work, at the same time supported by other activities



The organization of teaching will be carried out using the following steps:

Theory Classes: Theoretical activities carried out mainly through exposition by the teacher, where the theoretical supports of the subject are displayed, highlighting the fundamental, structuring them in topics and or sections, interrelating them.

Practical Classes: The teacher resolves practical problems or cases for demonstrative purposes. This type of teaching complements the theory shown in the lectures with practical aspects.

Laboratory Workshop: The lecture group is divided up into various groups, according to the number of registered students, but never with more than 20 students, in order to make up smaller sized groups.

—         Individual Tutorials: Those carried out giving individual, personalized attention with a teacher from the department. Said tutorials may be in person or online.

5.2. Learning tasks

The programme offered to the student to help them achieve their target results is made up of the following activities...


Involves the active participation of the student, in a way that the results achieved in the learning process are developed, not taking away from those already set out, the activities are the following:

Face-to-face generic activities:

Theory Classes: The theoretical concepts of the subject are explained and illustrative examples are developed as support to the theory when necessary.

Practical Classes: Problems and practical cases are carried out, complementary to the theoretical concepts studied.      

Laboratory Workshop: This work is tutored by a teacher, in groups of no more than 20 students.

Generic non-class activities:

● Study and understanding of the theory taught in the lectures.

● Understanding and assimilation of the problems and practical cases solved in the practical classes.

● Preparation of seminars, solutions to proposed problems, etc.

● Preparation of laboratory workshops, preparation of summaries and reports.

● Preparation of the written tests for continuous assessment and final exams.


The subject has 6 ECTS credits, which represents 150 hours of student work in the subject during the trimester, in other words, 10 hours per week for 15 weeks of class.


A summary of a weekly timetable guide can be seen in the following table. These figures are obtained from the subject file in the Accreditation Report of the degree, taking into account the level of experimentation considered for the said subject is moderate.


Weekly  school hours



Laboratory Workshop


Other Activities


Nevertheless the previous table can be shown into greater detail, taking into account the following overall distribution:

— 40 hours of lectures, with 50% theoretical demonstration and 50% solving type problems.

— 10 hours of laboratory workshop, in 1 or 2 hour sessions.

— 6 hours of written assessment tests, one hour per test.

— 4 hours of PPT presentations.

— 90 hours of personal study, divided up over the 15 weeks of the 2nd semester.


There is a tutorial calendar timetable set by the teacher that can be requested by the students who want a tutorial.

5.3. Syllabus

The syllabus of the course is developed around the following thematic blocks:


Topic 1


1.1. Definitions and Terminology

1.2. Minimization

1.3. Recovery or recovery

1.4. Safe treatment. Destruction

1.5. Deposition


Topic 2

Generation and waste management

2.1. Law regulating waste in Spain

2.2. European Waste Catalogue

2.3. Generation and waste management in Aragón

2.4. Manual industrial waste management in Aragón and management systems

2.5.-Management packages


Topic 3

3.1. Energy recovery systems

3.2. energy content of waste

3.3. Environmental impact

3.4. Energy Recovery Systems

3.5 Legislation


Topic 4

Biological treatments: anaerobic digestion

4.1. Introduction to biological treatments

4.2. Anaerobic digestion process

4.3. Digestion products methanogenic

4.4. Types of reactors for anaerobic digestion


Topic 5

Biological treatment: Composting

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Process conditions

5.3. Transformations during composting

5.4. Variation of physico-chemical parameters throughout treatment

5.5 Parts of a composting plant

5.6. Materials and out of a composting plant

5.7. Previous calculations.


Topic 6

Demolition and construction waste.

6.1 Types of waste

6.2.- Management RCD's


Topic 7

Separation and recovery of materials

7.1. Separation technologies solids

7.2. Solid-liquid separation technologies.

7.3. Valorization of various materials



Each topic discussed in the previous section, carries associated practical exercises on real cases of application in several companies: engineering, industry and the free exercise of the profession.

5.4. Course planning and calendar

The dates of the final exams will be those that are officially published at


The planning orientation shown below

Week 1 and 2: Topic 1.

Week 3, 4 and 5: Topic 2.

Week 6, 7 and 8 : Topic 3.

Week 9 and 10: Topic 4.

Week 11 and 12: Topic 5.

Week 13: Topic 6.

Week 14 and 15: Topic 7.



5.5. Bibliography and recommended resources


  • Ramos Castellanos, P. . Residuos :Alternativas De Gestión/ P. Ramos Castellanos. 1 Ed Salamanca : Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2003
  • Seoánez Calvo, Mariano. Tratado de reciclado y recuperación de productos de los residuos / Mariano Seoánez Calvo ; con la colaboración de Elena Bellas Velasco, Pedro Ladaria Sureda, Pilar Seoánez Oliet . - [1a ed.] Madrid [etc.] : Mundi-Prensa, 2000
  • Tchobanoglous, George. Gestión integral de residuos solidos / George Tchobanoglous, Hilary Theisen, Samuel Vigil ; traducción y revisión técnica Juan Ignacio Tejero Monzón, José Luis Gil Diaz, Marcel Szanto Narea . - [1a. ed. en español, reimpr.] Madrid [etc.] : McGraw-Hill, D.L.1996
  • Aznar Carrasco, Andrés. Técnica de aguas : problemática y tratamiento / Andrés Aznar Carrasco . - [3ª ed. rev. y amp.] Madrid : Alción, D.L.2000
  • Manual de referencia de la ingeniería medioambiental / [editado por] Robert A. Corbitt; coordinación y revisión técnica, Nuria Morales Correas; traducción, Pedro Rincón Arévalo...[et al.] . - 1ª ed. en español Madrid [etc.] : McGraw-Hill, D.L. 2003
  • Grundey, Kevin. Tratamiento de los residuos agrícolas y ganaderos / Kevin Grundey Barcelona : Gea, 1982
  • Hontoria García, Ernesto. Fundamentos del manejo de los residuos urbanos / Ernesto Hontoria García, Montserrat Zamorano Toro. - 1a ed. Madrid: Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, 2000
  • Kiely, Gerard. Ingeniería ambiental : Fundamentos, entornos, tecnologías y sistemas de gestión / Gerard Kiely ; coordinador de la traducción y revisión técnica, José Miguel Veza . - 1a ed. en español Madrid : McGraw-Hill, D.L. 1999
  • Contaminación ambiental : una visión desde la química / Carmen Orozco Barrenetxea ... [et al.] Madrid [etc.] : Thomson, D. L. 2002
  • Vaquero Díaz, Iván. Manual de diseño y construcción de vertederos de residuos sólidos urbanos / Iván Vaquero Díaz Madrid : U.D. Proyectos, E.T.S.I. Minas, U.P.M., 2004
  • Vega de Kuyper, Juan Carlos. Manejo de residuos de la industria química y afín / Juan Carlos Vega de Kuyper. - 2ª ed México, D.F. : Alfaomega, cop. 1999




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