APPLIED CHEMISTRY AND MICROBIOLOGY - 2020/1

Module code: ENGM055

Module Overview

This module is compulsory for MSc Water and Environmental Engineering students. It provides students with essential knowledge of water chemistry, microbiology and chemical processes associated with water and wastewater treatment.  On successful completion of the module, the students will be able to apply the above knowledge in the practice of water and wastewater treatment and other environmental engineering applications.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

BOND Thomas (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C700

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Introduction to Chemical Principles

  • Chlorine demand

  • Turbidity, coagulation and flocculation

  • Hardness and softening

  • Chemical kinetics

  • Chemistry lab class

  • Introduction to Microbiology

  • Bacterial Cells

  • Bacterial Respiration

  • Microbial Growth, Isolation and Culture

  • Waterborne pathogens and pathogen indicators

  • Bacterial Inactivation

  • Microbes in treatment processes

  • Microbiology lab classes


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 30
Examination 2 HOUR EXAMINATION 70

Alternative Assessment

None.

Assessment Strategy

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


  • Knowledge and understanding of the basic principles processes of chemistry and microbiology, (LO’s 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8,10) through a 2 hour unseen examination.

  • The appreciation of chemical principles and processes in water treatment (LO’s 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16) through coursework

  • Knowledge and understanding together with the necessary skills to describe and interpret microbiological testing procedures (LO’s 4, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16) through coursework.



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8,10] (2 hours) {70%}

·         Assignment 1, chemistry coursework [Learning outcomes assessed 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16] (10 hours) {10%}

·         Assignment 2, microbiology coursework [Learning outcomes assessed 4, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16] (20 hours) {20%}

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through a range of self assessment exercises provided on SurreyLearn. These exercises will provide automatic feedback where necessary.

Students will receive written feedback on the coursework.

Module aims

  • An introduction to the principles of chemistry and microbiology
  • A knowledge of the techniques employed to evaluate the performance of treatment processes utilised in water and wastewater treatment
  • A systematic understanding and critical awareness of the water chemistry, microbiology and chemical processes associated with water and wastewater treatment

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply physical and chemical scientific principles and governing equations to water and wastewater treatment KC
002 Apply the principles of microbiology to water and wastewater treatment KC
003 Critically assess the principles of chemical processes in the treatment of water and wastewater KCP
004 Critically assess microbiological processes applicable to water and wastewater treatment KCP
005 Evaluate procedures employed in the assessment of the efficiency of chemical treatment of water and wastewater KCPT
006 Appraise the techniques used for the detection and enumeration of bacteria in water and wastewater KCPT
007 Distinguish between different groups of microorganisms KCP
008 Recognise importance of the presence of chemical contaminants in drinking water KC
009 Recognise importance of the presence of pathogenic microorganisms in drinking water KC
010 Oral and written communication T
011 Synthesis of data T
012 Graphical presentation of data T
013 Use of word processor, spreadsheet, drawing/presentation T
014 Technical report writing T
015 Information retrieval skills T
016 Reviewing, assessing, and critical thinking skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 24

Laboratory Hours: 9

Methods of Teaching / Learning


This module is a compulsory module for MSc Water and Environmental Engineering students and provides fundamental knowledge of chemistry and microbiology for the multi-disciplinary group of students. It provides a greater understanding of the topics covered in other MSc Water and Environmental Engineering modules.

The module is delivered principally by lectures but also includes laboratory work in chemical water treatment techniques and microbiological testing.

The learning and teaching methods include:

·         Microbiology Lectures (9 hours)

·         Chemistry Lectures and tutorials (15 hours)

·         Flocculation and Chlorination laboratory class (3 hours)

·         Microbiological techniques laboratory classes (6 hours)

·         Directed and guided reading (including revision and preparation for lab classes) (85 hours)

·         Assignments (30 hours)

·         Examination (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 APPLIED CHEMISTRY AND MICROBIOLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm055

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Water and Environmental Engineering MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Structural Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 1 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 2020/1 academic year.