Course Catalog 2013-2014

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Course Catalog 2013-2014

KEB-25256 Management and Governance of Water Services, 3 cr

Additional information

The course is organized every second year. The course will be lectured in the academic year 2014-15. The course will be organized provided that at least 12 students will participate.
Suitable for postgraduate studies
Will not be lectured year 2013-2014

Person responsible

Pekka Pietilš, Tapio Katko


Proactive attendance in lessons and essay seminars. Participants will prepare and present essay seminars on related topics or cases to be selected.
Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Principles and baselines related to teaching and learning

The course is based on active student-student-teacher interaction. Lectures and other material form a knowledge base the students can utilize in classroom discussions and in their small research report. A vital part of the course is a small research project the students will carry out either individually or in groups.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, the student will be able to distinguish various management options of water and sanitation services. The student will be able to analyze their differences and similarities. The student will be able to analyze the reasons why management practices vary in different countries and within a country. A vital part of the course is a small research project, where the student will exercise the skill to analyze available knowledge and compile a report.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Water governance   Approaches to governance  International examples 
2. Water resources vs. water services, priorities of water use purposes, water services and related stakeholders  History: lessons to be learnt for the futures  Selected examples of historical development of water services 
3. Public-private and public-public partnerships  Various types of partnerships, why tradition is different in different countries, development trends  Classifications of partnerships, analysis of examples in a number of selected countries, major international players 
4. Regional and municipal cooperation in water services  Reasons for different arrangements in various countries/situations  Role of government policy 
5. Viability assessment tools, benchmarking, performance indicators  Utilization of tools in concrete cases   

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The course grade is based on a) participation and the activity of the student during classroom discussions, b) small assignments (written summaries of selected documents/reports), and c) oral presentations of the assignments. To pass the course with the grade 3 the student has to show activity during classroom situations, the assignments have to be properly compiled and the oral presentations on standard level. To pass with the grade 4 the student has to be present in all sessions, take actively part in discussions, show competence in assignments in analyzing points specified in column "Complementary knowledge". The student may achieve grade 5 if he/she is additionally able to demonstrate good command of points specified in column "Special knowledge".

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (1-5) will be used on the course

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

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Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
KEB-25256 Management and Governance of Water Services, 3 cr BIO-5256 Management Options of Water Services, 3 cr  

Last modified27.02.2013