Environmental Engineering


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The aim of this Module is to enable students analyse the distribution and movement of water and contaminants of the physical environment; between air, surface water, groundwater, and to apply engineering principles involved in managing our environmental systems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Model the dispersion of air pollutants in the atmosphere and predict air quality.

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of unit processes for the abatement and control of drinking water pollutants.

3.  Carry out an environmental impact assessment.

4.  Evaluate design and policy options for the abatement and control of water pollution.

Indicative Content

1 Water Quality

Overview of the principles of air, water and land interaction and surface water quality management: Introduction of water quality and management; Fate of water pollutants in rivers and lakes; Drinking Water Quality standards, UK and EU Directives; Fundamentals of self-purification; Models used as quality predictive tools: Streeter Phelps equation.

2 Water Treatment

Coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection process.

3 Groundwater quality and management

Surface Water and Groundwater Interaction, Stream- Aquifer Interaction. Aquifer management.

4 Air quality and pollution management

Overview on sources of air pollution and monitoring and control of emissions of air pollutants; Dispersion of air pollutants in atmosphere; Air pollution modelling approaches and Indoor air pollution.

5 Environmental impact Assessment (EIA)

EIA procedure. Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Case studies and EIA of developments.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Interactive lectures will be used for imparting theories and concepts and for active enquiry. Tutorials will be used to develop skills of analysis, design, and problem solving. Students will have the opportunity to work in teams during tutorial classes. Modelling classes will be used to facilitate practical and participative learning. Within this module, the student is free to study in his or her own time. Questions with regard to the subject can be posted on a dedicated discussion forum, eliciting responses from fellow students. The teachers also regularly comment on the questions posted on this forum.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 30
Supervised Practical Activity 16
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 55
Independent 79

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.