Module code: ENG3177

Module Overview

This module is one of the core subjects (Environmental Engineering) and consists of two essential components which are fundamental to practicing civil engineers – understanding of engineering hydrology and how water and wastewater are treated. The relationship of hydrology to climate change and hence the need for environmental sustainability is implicit in this module and also explicitly explained as the module progresses. The primary JBM threads for this module include: Design, Sustainability and Health and Safety Risk Management; and this module covers Professionalism and Ethics as contributory thread.

The lectures provide an explanation of the processes by which water affects civil engineering design, and how the effects of excessive and polluted water are dealt with via engineering means. A catchment-based approach is taken in the “Engineering Hydrology” section, where the hydrological cycle is examined, and the processes of reservoir and river flow are covered in detailed. In the “Water Treatment” section, treatment methods for drinking water and wastewater are covered in a comprehensive manner to ensure that students have a fundamental, yet good understanding of the processes they have to design and manage as a civil engineer working in (or for) water treatment works.

Module provider

Sustainability, Civil & Env Engineering

Module Leader

MARTI-CARDONA Belen (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Seminar Hours: 18

Tutorial Hours: 2

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 18

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Engineering Hydrology

  • Hydrological cycle

  • Impact of urbanization

  • Unit hydrograph methods

  • Hydrological routing – reservoir and river routing

  • Fundamentals of hydraulic routing in rivers

Environmental Engineering

  • Integrated preliminary, primary and secondary treatment processes

  • Slow sand filters, sedimentation, Flocculation/Coagulation, other physio-chemical water treatment

  • Chemical Precipitation, disinfection, softening

  • Sewerage design, construction and maintenance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 30
Examination Online ONLINE 24 HOUR (OPEN BOOK) EXAM 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

  • Knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of rainfall-runoff transformation, runoff routing, basic water treatment processes and design (LO’s 1 to 6) is through a 2 hour closed book examination.

  • Interpretation of raw data collected from the field and how these data can be used to aid engineering design is through formal assessment of coursework and examination (LO’s 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Examination [Learning outcomes assessed 1 - 7] (2 hours, 70%)

  • Coursework consisting of two sections (i) Engineering Hydrology coursework [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2 and 7]; and (ii) Drinking Water Treatment Plant Design coursework [Learning outcomes assessed 3 - 7] (44 hours, 30%)

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative assessment will be through tutorials and discussion sessions. Students will have chance to ask questions related to past examination questions, coursework and also to clarify examples given in lectures.

  • Students will receive written feedback on the coursework assignments. They can also clarify any feedback during the walk-in sessions.

Module aims

  • Develop an appreciation of how environmental factors (such as natural water cycle and pollutants in water) is considered in civil engineering designs, and how environmental engineering intersects civil engineering in practice.
  • Learn the basic analytical tools for assessing the hydrological cycle from rainfall to runoff, reservoir storage and water management techniques.
  • Introduce environmental engineering and water-pollution control principles by means of fundamental concepts in water treatment principles and water treatment technologies in order to carry out design of treatment systems.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Be able to describe effect and impact of environmental factors in civil engineering design for water-related infrastructure KT EA1B, EA1M, EL2, P4
002 Critically assess the rainfall runoff characteristics for different terrain using standard meteorological data and methodologies. KCT EA3B, EA3M, D3B, P4, P9M
003 Understand the broad principles of water and wastewater treatment. KCT SM3B, SM3M, P4
004 Understand the design basics of drinking water treatment systems. CPT EA1B, EA1M, D1, P4
005 Identify the sources of sewage and understand the principles of urban sewerage and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). KPT EA1B, EA1M, SM3B, SM3M, EL2, EL4
006 Explain and critically evaluate the unit processes associated with a number of water treatment systems. KCPT D1, D2, D3B, D3M, SM4M, D4, D5, D7M, EL4, P4, P9M
007 Independently prepare technical reports demonstrating synthesis and critical analysis of rainfall and water treatment data and related information, good written communication, critical thinking, use of data processing tools, and drawings for concept design. KCPT D1, D2, D3B, D5, D7M, EL4, P4, P9M

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module forms an essential element of Environmental Engineering at FHEQ Levels 6 on the BEng and MEng programmes in Civil Engineering. It serves to reinforce some of the water quality components taught at FHEQ Level 5, while providing continuity and backbone knowledge to Environmental Engineering at FHEQ Level 7. It provides a professional knowledge of the theory of water cycle, flooding and the treatment of drinking water. It also reinforces some of the knowledge gained from ENG 2101 (Hydraulics and Water Quality) in terms of the water quality characterisation and protection, and issues of sustainability.

The module is delivered principally by lectures but also includes suitable discussion and tutorial sessions. The students have opportunities in week 12 to discuss with the lecturers during extensive walk-in/ surgery sessions.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Engineering Hydrology lectures (13 hours)

  • Environmental Engineering and Drinking Water treatment lectures (12 hours)

  • Tutorials (5 hours)

  • Directed and guided reading (including revision and preparation for design coursework) (96 hours)

  • Guided assessment work (24 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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 1 Compulsory 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 2021/2 academic year.