Module code: ENG3177

Module Overview

This module consists of two essential components which are fundamental to practicing civil engineers – understanding of engineering hydrology and how water and wastewater are treated. The relationship of hydrology to climate change and hence the need for environmental sustainability is implicit in this module and also explicitly explained as the module progresses.

The lectures provide an explanation of the processes by which water affects civil engineering design, and how the effects of excessive and polluted water are dealt with via engineering means. A catchment-based approach is taken in the “Engineering Hydrology” section, where the hydrological cycle is examined, and the processes of reservoir and river flow are covered in detailed. In the “Water Treatment” section, treatment methods for drinking water and wastewater are covered in a comprehensive manner to ensure that students have a fundamental, yet good understanding of the processes they have to design and manage as a civil engineer working in (or for) water treatment works.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

SAROJ Devendra (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: H220

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the normal progression requirements from FHEQ Level 5 on a degree course in Civil Engineering.

Module content

Engineering Hydrology

  • Hydrological cycle

  • Impact of urbanization

  • Unit hydrograph methods

  • Hydrological routing – reservoir and river routing

  • Fundamentals of hydraulic routing in rivers

Environmental Engineering

  • Integrated preliminary, primary and secondary treatment processes

  • Slow sand filters, sedimentation, Flocculation/Coagulation, other physio-chemical water treatment

  • Chemical Precipitation, disinfection, softening

  • Sewerage design, construction and maintenance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 70
Coursework COURSEWORK 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of rainfall-runoff transformation, runoff routing, basic water treatment processes and design (LO’s 2 - 8) is through a 2 hour closed book examination.

  • Interpretation of raw data collected from the field and how these data can be used to aid engineering design is through formal assessment of coursework and examination (LO’s 1,2,5,6).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination [Learning outcomes assessed 1 - 8] (2 hours, 70%)

·         Engineering Hydrology coursework [Learning outcomes assessed 1-3] (22 hours, 15%)

·         Drinking Water Treatment [Learning outcomes assessed 4-7] (2 + 5 hours). (22 hours, 15%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through tutorials and discussion sessions. Students will have chance to ask questions related to past examination questions, coursework and also to clarify examples given in lectures.

Students will receive written feedback on the coursework assignments. They can also clarify any feedback during the walk-in sessions.

Module aims

  • An appreciation of how environmental factors (such as natural water cycle and pollutants in water) is considered in civil engineering designs, and how environmental engineering intersects civil engineering in practice.
  • The basic analytical tools for assessing the hydrological cycle from rainfall to runoff, river flow, reservoir storage and management techniques.
  • An introduction to environmental engineering and pollution control principles by teaching them fundamental concepts in water and wastewater treatment technologies in order to carry out basic design of treatment systems.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe effect and impact of environmental factors in civil engineering design and construction KT
002 Assess the rainfall runoff characteristics for different terrain using standard meteorological data and methodologies. KCT
003 Analyse steady and unsteady flows in river channels. CPT
004 Understand the broad principles of water and wastewater treatment. KT
005 Identify the sources and typical composition of sewerage and wastewater. PT
006 Explain the unit processes associated with a number of wastewater treatment systems. CT
007 Explain the principles of wastewater treatment processes. KP
008 Design basic treatment systems. KCT
009 Synthesis of data T
010 Oral & written communication T
011 Use of word processer, spreadsheet, drawing/presentation T
012 Critical thinking T
013 Information retrieval skills T
014 Independent learning skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 25

Tutorial Hours: 5

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module forms an essential element of Environmental Engineering at FHEQ Levels 6 on the BEng and MEng programmes in Civil Engineering. It serves to reinforce some of the water quality components taught at FHEQ Level 5, while providing continuity and backbone knowledge to Environmental Engineering at FHEQ Level 7. It provides a professional knowledge of the theory of water cycle, flooding and the treatment of drinking water. It also reinforces some of the knowledge gained from ENG 2101 (Hydraulics and Water Quality) in terms of the water quality characterisation and protection, and issues of sustainability.

The module is delivered principally by lectures but also includes suitable discussion and tutorial sessions. The students have opportunities in week 12 to discuss with the lecturers during extensive walk-in/ surgery sessions.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Engineering Hydrology Lectures (13 hours)

  • Drinking Water treatment Lectures (12 hours)

  • Tutorials (5 hours)

  • Directed and guided reading (including revision ad preparation for lab classes) (96 hours)

  • Guided assessment work (22 hours)

  • Exam (2 Hours)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND HYDROLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng3177

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.