GLOBAL CHALLENGES IN WATER AND HEALTH - 2020/1
Module code: ENGM289
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are applicable to both developed and developing nations. SDG 6 (to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) addresses global challenges in relation to drinking water, notably the limited access to safe water and sanitation faced by billions of people around the world. Additional challenges include increasing pressures on water resources and ecosystems, disasters and the increased risk of droughts and floods due to climate change. This module, through lectures, case studies and class participation will address these issues in the context of water, sanitation and public health. It will provide an understanding of how engineering can help achieve the overall aim of SDG 6, and its associated targets and indictors, by protecting public health through ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation can be built.
The module addresses the aim of the MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering to provide a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of water and environmental engineering. It will give the knowledge and skills needed to explore, critically assess and evaluate problems associated with poor water and sanitation and produce systematic and coherent solutions to protect public health
Civil and Environmental Engineering
POND Katherine (Civl Env Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: F750
Module cap (Maximum number of students): 30
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 30
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Progress towards sustainable development goals (SDGs) focusing on SDG 6 and its outcome and implementation targets.
Health impacts of poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene
Introduction to hydrogeology
Water safety planning (both small and large supplies)
Potable water engineering in low-income settings
Impacts of climate change and population growth on the availability of water supplies
Sustainable sanitation technologies (including the design and location of pit latrines)
Humanitarian and emergency aid (as related to SDG6)
New approaches to water and sanitation in developing countries
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
Knowledge and understanding of the current global challenges in water and sanitation and how they impact on public health, through a 2 hour unseen examination and extended essay.
The ability to develop and discuss innovative solutions to address the challenges associated with the provision of potable water and sanitation in low income countries, through an extended essay.
The ability to critically evaluate intervention strategies to reduce the risk to human health from water related hazards through an extended essay.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Examination (LOs assessed K, C, T. skills ); (70%, 2 hours)
Extended essay (LOs assessed K, C, P, T. skills); (30%, 40 hours)
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment will be through a range of exercises provided in class and on SurreyLearn.
Suggested titles will be given for essays that will allow students to improve their writing, analytical and referencing skills. Individual written and verbal feedback will be given on these essays.
- To inform the participants' knowledge of the current global challenges to water and public health in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
- To describe the routes of human exposure to contaminants in the context of the drinking water sources and sanitation.
- To describe the current approach to water safety planning as advocated by the World Health Organisation.
- To develop the participants' knowledge of drinking water and sanitation interventions that can be used to interrupt the transmission of disease
- To develop the participants’ awareness of the impacts of climate change and population growth on the availability of safely managed water supplies and sanitation.
- To develop the participants’ writing, presentation and critical analysis skills
|001||Discuss the role of the Sustainable Development Goals in protecting public health and ensuring sustainable water and sanitation||K||SM3M SM6M EL4 P4|
|002||Critically evaluate interventions that can be used to interrupt the transmission of waterborne diseases||KC||SM3M SM6M EA5M P1 P4|
|003||Develop and apply an appropriate risk assessment/management approach to small drinking water supplies||KCP||SM3M SM6M EL4 P1 P4|
|004||Assess and present, both orally and in writing, opinions and findings associated with critical analysis of the sustainable development goals in relation to water and public health||KCPT||SM3M SM6M P4 G1 G2|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
Formal lectures encouraging class interaction and discussion of topics (approximately 20 hours)
Group work – for example, reviewing relevant journal articles (up to 6 hours).
Group/individual presentations by participants (up to 2 hours)
Class tests – not assessed – to reinforce key messages (up to 2 hours).
Each session will be 3 hours per week made up of approximately 2 hours formal lecture and 1 hour of class activities – discussions/review of papers/presentations/class tests. Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate.
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.
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This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the International Engagement Office email: email@example.com
Programmes this module appears in
|Water and Environmental Engineering MSc||1||Compulsory||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|
|Infrastructure Engineering and Management 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|
|Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
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