SUDS Concepts and Design Principles | Abertay University

SUDS Concepts and Design Principles


This is an online course which has been developed to deliver knowledge and understanding of sustainable drainage system design to mitigate urban development and the increased risk of flood and pollution.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : an understanding of the principles of sustainable drainage systems, their design, detailing and legislative requirements.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically appraise traditional urban drainage procedures and undertake the evaluation of alternative proposals for planning and implementing SUDS systems.

2.  Design outline drainage schemes for different catchments, taking into account local site factors including soil type, rainfall, topography, preference for asset types and social issues.

3.  Communicate effectively with professionals, on issues of urban drainage and on measures necessary to achieve water quality and environmental objectives.

Indicative Content

1 The fundamentals of SUDS

The different types of SUDS available. SUDS and the treatment. The components of SUDS systems

2 2. Mechanisms of Treatment

Sedimentation, Filtering, Biological removal of nutrients, Adsorption of chemicals onto soil particles

3 Design Principles

SUDS Calculations; Existing flow from the site, Outlet control, Design Details. Planning and Operational Issues; Planning, Amenity, Maintenance, Factors Influencing the use of source control

4 Current UK Design Guidance

Sewers for Scotland 3rd Edition, Interim guidance for England and Wales, Industry best practice; CIRIA 753 The SuDS Manual.

5 Existing UK and International Design Examples and Innovation

Uk examples; DEX, North Hamilton, Deveonshire Park, Wauchope Square. International Examples; Low impacr design, Water sensitive urban design. Innovative techniques; downpipe disconnection, roof controls, bioretention, and the challenges of implementing source control at plot level.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This short course module is taught entirely through distance learning.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 100
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 30
Independent 70

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 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.