Faecal Sludge Management online course


The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management (FSM) system.
The course material is prepared by UNESCO-IHE (Netherlands) and SANDEC, EAWAG (Switzerland) in close cooperation with other organisations and key experts – UKZN (South Africa), AIT (Thailand), BUET (Bangladesh), 2iE (Burkina Faso) and CSE (India). The theoretical background of the course is based on Faecal Sludge Management book.


The course is designed for professionals who deal with planning, promoting, designing, operating or managing faecal sludge for residents in urban, peri-urban, slum or rural areas, in low income countries and beyond. A solid foundation in physics and chemistry is essential to follow this course; a good understanding of wastewater and its (biological) treatment will strongly support the understanding of the Module.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  • have an understanding of treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM
  • place FSM in an urban water cycle approach
  • identify suitable treatment options for specific situations and locations
  • understand the mechanisms and designs of specific treatment technologies
  • communicate important aspects of FSM to managers and decision makers

Course structure

Course Program

The course program is taught over a period of 4 months. The course is sub-divided into 5 sub courses prepared by experts in the field and 5 assignments.

  Course 1 Introduction into FSM
  • Unit 1.1 General introduction into FSM
  • Unit 1.2 Introduction into the course
Course 2 Technological fundaments of FSM
  • Unit 2.1 Characterisation of FSM (quality, quantity, SOPs)
  • Unit 2.2 Treatment mechanisms
Course 3 Collection and Transport

Course 4 FS Treatment Technologies
  • Unit 4.1 Overview of Technologies
  • Unit 4.2 Settling – Thickening
  • Unit 4.3 Drying beds
  • Unit 4.4 Co-treatment with FS
  • Unit 4.5 End-use
Course 5 Management
  • Unit 5.1 Operation and Maintenance
  • Unit 5.2 Institutional Frameworks
  • Unit 5.3 Financial Transfers and Responsibility
Course 6 Planning
  • Unit 6.1 Assessment of the Initial Situation
  • Unit 6.2 Planning of Integrated FSM Systems

Course start: 04 January 2016
Course end:  06 May 2016



Prof Chris Buckley


Pollution Research Group

School of Engineering


Dr. Tina Velkushanova

Project Engineer 

Pollution Research Group

School of Engineering