Water Resources and Quality Management | Abertay University

Water Resources and Quality Management


Exploration of the theoretical, practical, regulatory and technical aspects of water resources management and water pollution control.


To provide the student with knowledge of water resources and their quality and quantity, understanding of the issues affecting sustainable management of water resources and pollution prevention and control, and requirements for portable use.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically appraise and evaluate procedures, processes and proposals for water resources management and development.

2.  Critically assess the relative impacts of various pollutants in water, and appraise existing and/or design alternative procedures for water pollution control.

3.  Analyse processes and operations for the treatment of contaminated waters from various sources for portable use.

4.  Communicate effectively with other professionals and stakeholders on water resources management and on measures necessary to achieve water quality and environmental objectives.

Indicative Content

1 Water Resources Characterisation

Nature and characteristics of groundwater, surface water, river, estuarial and coastal water resources and the factors affecting their use. Resource protection.

2 Water Policy Regulations

European and national water resources policy. Water Framework Directive. Controlled Activities Regulations. Flood Directives. Management of water abstraction, the licensing process. Special procedures under drought and other emergencies.

3 Water Pollutants Impacts

Quality parameters and factors affecting the quality of various waters: groundwater, surface water, river, estuarial and coastal waters. Quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques. Quality standards, UK and EU Directives. Fate of pollutants in various waterbodies. Fundamentals of self−purification processes. Impacts of Land use and land cover. Quality modelling.

4 Water Quality Management

Setting quality standards. Application, consideration, consultation and granting of consents to discharge. Regulatory policies for discharge consenting to ground water, inland waters, rivers, estuaries and coastal waters. Design and implementation of sampling and analysis programmes, and reporting.

5 Water Treatment

Treatment requirements for various sources of water for portable use. Consideration of unit treatment operations and processes, including coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, adsorption and disinfection.

6 Catchment Management

Integrated Catchment management approaches, including: Natural Flood Management, Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS). Source, site and regional stormwater control. Options available in rural and urban settings. SUDS design and maintenance.

7 Water infrastructure

The module provides an opportunity to discuss the process and anticipated impacts/benefits of water supply deregulation in Scotland, and soon in the rest of UK, for example in terms of ongoing infrastructure management and investment.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Lectures and field visits impart information, fundamental knowledge and introduce calculation techniques; tutorials facilitate their application. Examinations and courseworks assess students knowledge and understanding, courseworks also assess transferable skills.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 26
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 20
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 70
Independent 71

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 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.