Waste and Wastewater Management


Regulatory and technical aspects of waste and wastewater treatment and management


To provide the student with the knowledge and skills required for the selection, design, operation and maintenance of sustainable systems for the treatment and management of wastes, contaminated soil and wastewaters and associated by-products.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically examine existing procedures for wastes, wastewater and land management and suggest more sustainable improvement.

2.  Critically evaluate alternative proposals and designs for waste, wastewater and contaminated land treatment.

3.  Communicate effectively with environmental regulators and customers on the control measures needed to meet environmental standards.

Indicative Content

1 Waste & Contaminated Land Regulations

European and UK policy on land, waste management and the role of environmental regulatory agencies. The EU/UK Waste Management Hierarchy. Different regulatory framework and approaches to remediation of contaminated groundwater, compared with contaminated land. E.g. the “limit of detection” threshold for pollutants in groundwater.

2 Waste Characterisation, Collection, Transport and Storage

Waste arisings by type, quantity and disposal route. Collection and Transport options.

3 Waste Management and Treatment Technologies

Waste minimisation, re-use and recycling. Treatment technologies: Thermal (Incineration, Pyrolysis and Gasification); Anaerobic digestion and Composting. Landfill Technology.

4 Contaminated Land Management and Remediation

Ground investigation techniques. Assessment of hazards and risks. Treatment/Remediation methodologies and techniques

5 Wastewater Management and Treatment

Wastewater management regulations. Characterisation of municipal wastewater (sewage). Consideration of unit treatment processes and operations including sedimentation and biological processes. Analysis of various treatment systems for large and small and decentralised populations. Analysis of treatment and management options and objectives for industrial effluents.

6 Sludge Treatment and Management

Analysis of options for treatment, utilisation and disposal of wastewater treatment sludges, with associated environmental standards.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Lectures, field visits to various waste management and treatment facilities and laboratory work impact information, fundamental knowledge and introduce calculation techniques; tutorials facilitate their application. Examinations and courseworks assess students knowledge and understanding. The coursework will also assess transferable skills, and will involve a critical analysis of waste management practices of named city or industrial activity and recommending feasible, practical and appropriate enhancement practices.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Supervised Practical Activity 20
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 60
Independent 86

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.