Module code: ENGM035

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

SAROJ DP Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 36

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 30%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normally a knowledge of applied chemistry and microbiology to FHEQ Level 6 or module ENGM055 Applied Chemistry and Microbiology.

Module overview

This module provides students with essential knowledge of drinking water treatment and supply. In this module students learn about conventional and advanced water treatment methods and related design principles. The lectures of this module are delivered by academics and water industry experts. On successful completion of the module, the students are able to show originality in the application of knowledge of water treatment to specific situations.

Module aims

Provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the issues involved in producing potable water in both the industrialised and developing world;

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe and show a systematic and critical awareness of the rationale behind water treatment. KCT
Analyse and compare the design and operation principles of water treatment unit processes and show originality in the application of knowledge to specific situations. KCT
Propose the selection of raw water sources and appropriate water treatment process given geographic, demographic and economic data. KPT
Analyse the problems in water distribution and justify the need for disinfection. KCPT
Evaluate the importance of institutional factors in water treatment design especially management, and national and international legislation. KPT
Develop insights of professional practices for better management in water utilities, regulating agencies and aid agencies. KPT
Technical report writing T
Oral & written communication T
Graphical presentation of data T
Sketching T
3D spatial awareness T
Critical thinking T
Observation T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Defining the needs of water treatment – EC directives/WHO guidelines /other international regulations;
Environmental and water quality management of reservoirs, raw water sources;
Rationale behind water treatment process design- Multiple barrier approach;
Review of water treatment processes applicable for the industrialised & developing world;
Unit processes and design guidelines of removing contaminants, including coagulation, sedimentation, softening, disinfection, rapid gravity filtration, membrane filtration, adsorption, gravel upflow/downflow filters, and slow sand filtration;
Water treatment in unusual circumstances, oxidation processes and desalination with reverse osmosis (RO);
Water supply issues and distribution network;
Operational management of water treatment and auditing technical performance.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module provides basic and applied knowledge that is required to serve the drinking water supply industry and water quality agencies. The knowledge gained in this module, related to, coagulation-flocculation-sedimentation units, softening units and other unit operations, is commonly required in quality assurance and operation of drinking water supply.

The module is delivered principally by lecturers, but industry experts from UK and Germany also deliver few lectures to provide industry relevant practical knowledge.

The learning and teaching methods include:

·         Lecture on water sources and quality (3 hours)

·         Lectures and classroom exercises on water treatment processes and unit operation design (15 hours)

·         Lecture on water supply and ditribution (3 hours)

·         Lecture on water supply in developing countries (3 hours)

·         Lecture on ground water quality contaminants- UK (3 hours)

·         Lecture on reservoir water quality- UK (3 hours)

·         Lecture on water treatment and supply practices- Germany (3 hours)

·         Coursework on design of water treatment processes and plant (37 hours)

·         Independent study on water treatment, design and supply (78 hours)



Assessment Strategy

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

Critical awareness of the rationale behind water treatment and the analysis of the design principles in drinking water treatment and supply (LO’s 1, 2, 4, a, b, c, d, f) is assessed through both coursework and 2 hour unseen examination.
Appropriate selection of water treatment processes and the evaluation of industrial and professional practices on water treatment plant operation and management (LO’s 3, 4, 5, 6, a, b, c, f).  This is assessed through the water treatment plant design coursework.
Evaluation of problems in water treatment and distribution, both in industrialised and developing world, for most appropriate treatment process selection and management strategies (LO’s 4,5,6, a, b, e, f). This is assessed through both coursework and 2 hour unseen examination.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4,6] (2 hours) {70%}

·         Coursework on i). Water treatment process principles and design, and ii). Water supply/distribution [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] (37 hours) {30%}

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through a range of exercises provided in the lecture notes and discussed in the classroom. In particular, one quiz willl be used to provide the formative feedback.

Students will receive written feedback on the quiz, and verbal feedback will be provided in the classroom.

Reading list

Reading list for WATER TREATMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm035

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 2017/8 academic year.