ADVANCED WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT - 2019/0

Module code: ENG3204

Module Overview

The module introduces advanced water and wastewater treatment and reuse technologies and principles. The potential for water and material recycling and recovery via the use of sustainable treatment techniques will be evaluated, with the aim to minimise waste production and maximise water and material reuse. Process design and selection will be discussed, in the context of factors such as economics, treated water quality and the availability of water resources.

 

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

BOND Thomas (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: H123

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normal programme requirements.

Module content

Indicative module content includes the following:

Introduction to water and wastewater treatment

Conventional water and wastewater treatment

Introduction to water resource management

Impacts of climate change and population growth on water resource management

Biological treatment processes

Advanced wastewater treatment processes

Chemical oxidation and disinfection processes

Emerging pollutants

Future of water and wastewater treatment

This module is within the core subject of Environmental Engineering, and the thread of Design, Sustainability and Health and Safety Risk Management (the latter especially during the site visit).

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK REPORT 20
Coursework COURSEWORK PRESENTATION 10
Examination 2 HOUR EXAMINATION 70

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment: Alternative assessment for the coursework presentation will be delivered remotely (e.g. via Skype) if more convenient.

Assessment Strategy

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


  • Identify the key characteristics of a given type of wastewater or water (learning outcome 1)

  • Explain the principles of key water and wastewater treatment processes (learning outcomes 2-5)

  • Compare and appraise conventional and advanced technologies for the treatment of water and wastewater (learning outcome 3)

  • Analyse factors such as economics, treated water quality, public health, sustainability, water reuse and the availability of water resources when selecting and designing treatment options (learning outcomes 4-5)



The summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • Coursework report (20%) and [learning outcomes 1-5]

  • Coursework presentation (10%) [learning outcomes 1-5]

  • 2 hour examination (70%) [learning outcomes 1-5]



Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment, in the form of a comments and (where appropriate) worked solutions, will be through a range of exercises during the lectures and revision session. The coursework will also provide a vehicle for formative feedback both written (returned with the coursework submission) and verbally (during the presentations).

Module aims

  • To introduce students to the fundamentals and principles of advanced water and wastewater treatment. Especially processes that have the potential for water reuse, material recovery and waste minimisation.
  • Provide the knowledge required to select the most appropriate and sustainable treatment techniques for a particular water or wastewater source.
  • To analyse multiple factors, including sustainability, the environment, public health, economics and the availability of water resources, when designing treatment processes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Identify the characteristics of different types of wastewater and drinking water sources KCT SM1B, P2B
002 Explain the principles of selected water and wastewater treatment processes KC SM1B, EA1B
003 Compare and appraise conventional and advanced technologies for the treatment of drinking water and wastewater KCP SM4M, EA1B, P4
004 Evaluate the concepts of water and waste recycling and reuse when selecting treatment options KCP SM3B, EA1B, EL4, P4
005 Select and design suitable processes for a given situation based factors such as economics, treated water quality, public health, sustainability and the availability of water resources KCPT SM3B, EA1B D2, EL2, EL4, P4

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 3

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 24

Methods of Teaching / Learning

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. Students will be encouraged to consider multiple factors, including sustainability, the environment, public health and economics, when undertaking case studies for coursework.

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Lectures on a variety of topics related to water and wastewater treatment (24 h).

  • A site visit to a water or wastewater treatment plant (3h)

  • Case studies presentations (3h)



All these sessions will be lectures containing tutorial-style questions which help the students to apply the associated theory and concepts.


  • In addition, there will be a piece of coursework (40 h) where the students work on case studies about a water or wastewater treatment topic of their choice. These case studies will involve identifying an engineering problem and then developing and assessing corresponding engineering solutions. 

  • The students giving presentations about their case studies and receiving feedback (3 h).

  • Independent learning (77 h) will also be required by the module.


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 ADVANCED WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng3204

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Optional 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 2019/0 academic year.