POLLUTION CONTROL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT - 2018/9

Module code: ENGM038

Module Overview

This module intends to provide the students with a strong base on the technologies involved for the treatment and control of pollution.  Both conventional and advanced methods are covered with a view to emphasise the need for sustainable treatment technologies that rely on reuse, recycling and recovery of both water and material resources.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

OUKI SK Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H123

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normally a knowledge of applied chemistry and microbiology to Level HE3 or module ENGM055 Applied Chemistry and Microbiology

Module content


Conventional industrial wastewater treatments with little potential for waste minimisation, recycling, reuse and recovery


Coagulation and flocculation
Chemical precipitation



Advanced industrial wastewater treatment with potential for recycling/reuse/recovery


Activated carbon adsorption
Ion exchange treatment
Reverse Osmosis


Sludge Treatment and disposal


Chemical, physical and thermal  treatments
Landfill disposal – non sustainable
Sustainable disposal methods with beneficial reuse, energy recovery etc. (Land application for agricultural application, composting, incineration with energy recovery)


Introduction to Contaminated Land


Heavy metals in soils
Factors affecting mobility and remediation  of metals in soils
Site investigation
Remediation technologies for contaminated soils


Landfill Management and Operation

Energy from Waste Incineration


Sustainable Integrated Waste Management Strategies

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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


Explain the principles of industrial wastewater and waste treatment processes (LO:1,2,3)
Compare and appraise conventional and advanced t technologies associated with wastewater & waste treatment and reuse (LO:4,5,6)
Evaluate the concept of water and waste recycling and reuse when selecting treatment options with an emphasis on closed-loop treatment processes rather than end of pipe (LO:5,6)


The summative assessment for this module consists of:


Coursework related to the case study report including oral presentation–[Learning outcomes (4-6) and (a, b, c, d, e, f, h, j, k)[30%, 30 hours]
Students have to choose a wastewater/waste treatment/disposal case study whereby they have to critically assess its environmental practices with a view to provide a strategy on how to improve them taking into account the concepts of clean technology, closed loop treatment processes, waste minimisation, recycling, reuse and recovery.
Students are expected to produce a 15 minute audio presentation of their chosen case studies
Examination [learning outcome: 1-4, b-e](70%, 2 hours)


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through exercises given during the lectures for the student to practice on. Feedback will be given in the form of comments and solutions during an allocated time following a particular lecture.

Module aims

  • To provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the science and engineering underlying pollution control processes and waste management
  • To provide the conceptual understanding to evaluate methodologies and select feasible and sustainable treatment technologies for particular applications

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the sources and typical characteristics of municipal and industrial wastewater KCPT
002 Explain the principles of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment processes KCPT
003 Understand and apply new treatment and disposal technologies to advance the state of current practice and endorse the concept of clean technology KCPT
004 Compare and appraise conventional and advanced t technologies associated with wastewater & waste treatment and reuse KCPT
005 Develop technologies and strategies designed to minimise or eliminate the production of wastes and promote those that encourage recycling, recovery and reuse KCPT
006 Develop strategies designed to manage and control pollution KCPT
007 Technical writing T
008 Critical analysis and thinking T
009 Information retrieval skills T
010 Synthesis of data T
011 Use of word processor, spread sheet, PowerPoint presentation T
012 Audio presentation T
013 Field observation (site visit) T
014 Team work T
015 Independent learning skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

25 hrs lectures, 3 hours tutorials, 40 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and   85 hrs independent learning.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

The learning and teaching strategy for this part of the module is designed to introduce students to fundamental and advanced wastewater and waste treatment and reuse technologies and principles. The potential for water and material resource recovery via the use of sustainable treatment techniques will be introduced with the aim to minimise waste production and maximise water and material reuse. Some process design concepts will be introduced for those technologies that have more potential for wider practical applications.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures/Tutorials (1-7):


Introduction to Module + Conventional industrial wastewater treatments (4 hours)
Advanced industrial wastewater treatment technologies-potential for reuse and recovery (3 hours) [combination of lectures/tutorial]
Advanced industrial Effluent Treatment case studies (3)
Sludge Treatment Processes (3 hours)
Introduction to Contaminated Land (3 hours)
Landfill Management and Operation (3 hours)
Energy from Waste Incineration (3 hours)
Sustainable Integrated Waste Management Strategies (3 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 POLLUTION CONTROL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm038

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Structural Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Bridge Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Water and Environmental Engineering MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.