Module code: ENGM040

Module Overview

The regulation and management of the water cycle focuses in this module on providing a balance between understanding the underlying science, technology and the legal framework.  The regulation, prevention and control of water resources pollution is dealt with by reference to European legislation and case studies of pollution events which have been prosecuted by the Environment Agency.  Likewise water supply regulation and management is dealt with using WHO water quality guidelines, UK and European legislation and material presented by staff of our national regulator, the Drinking Water Inspectorate.

This module is supported by SurreyLearn.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

POND Katherine (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H220

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • International guidelines

  • European legislation and standards

  • Environmental law

  • Social impact and public perception

  • Pollution regulation

  • Quality Control

  • Case studies

  • The role of the Drinking Water Inspectorate/World Health Organisation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 50
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 20
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

  • Knowledge and understanding of risk assessment for good water management and the roles of international and UK regulations and guidelines in effective water management (Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4) is through a 2 hour unseen examination.

  • Ability to research, understand and critically evaluate and present information is assessed through assignment work (Learning outcomes 1,2, 5).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 3, 4, (2 hours) {50%}

·         Coursework 1 (prosecuting a polluter) [Learning outcomes assessed 1,2,a,b,c,e) {20%} (20 hours)

·         Coursework 2 (a policy brief) [Learning outcomes assessed 3,5, a,b,c,e,f,g,h]. {30%} (30 hours)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through the opportunity to submit drafts of the assignments to the lecturer.Students will receive written and verbal(where necessary) feedback.  In addition, students will receive written feedback from their peers as well as the lecturer on assignment 2.

A range of self assessment exercises will be provided on SurreyLearn. These exercises will provide automatic feedback where necessary. Discussion will be encouraged in lectures allowing feedback to be given.


Module aims

  • To provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the principles and practice of effective planning and management with particular reference to water resources and water supply.
  • To provide a comprehensive understanding of how effective management of water and wastewater provides the framework for consistently supplying a reliable, safe product in compliance with the most stringent standards.
  • To critically explain the legal and scientific basis of regulations and standards as applied to the water industry both for water supply and water pollution control.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Discuss the role of international & UK regulations and guidelines in water management K
002 Evaluate and present evidence for water sector litigation. K
003 Apply the components of an effective water management system to ensure a reliable, safe drinking water supply. KPT
004 Critically analyse the performance of management systems for the control of water resources KT
005 Technical report writing T
006 Oral & written communication T
007 Critical thinking T
008 Observation T
009 Use of word processor, PowerPoint presentation T
010 Team work/peer collaboration T
011 Information retrieval skills T
012 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: 30

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module allows students to apply the knowledge gained in the core modules of the programme (in particular environmental health and water treatment) to the regulation and management of water. It provides a broad knowledge of UK and European legislation and international Guidelines as applied to water.

The module is delivered principally by lectures but also includes the opportunity to discuss the subject area with professionals working in the subject area. In particular, representatives from the UK Government (Drinking-water Inspectorate) will provide lectures.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Risk assessment lectures (12 hours - lectures)

  • Environmental law and how polluters are prosecuted lectures (3 hours - lecture)

  • UK and European legislation, development and implementation (12 hours - lectures)

  • Analytical Quality Assurance lectures (3 hours - lectures)

  • Directed and guided reading (including revision) (68 hours)

  • Assignment work: assignment 1 (20 hours); assignment 2 (30 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


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
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 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
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.