Module code: ENGM036

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

The module provides a broad ranging overview of elements of wastewater treatment and sanitation systems, including the design approaches, sewerage systems and sustainable urban drainage system (SuDs). Major wastewater (sewage) treatment processes will be covered in detail, with inputs from both academics and professionals working in the sector.

Approaches to developing world sanitation and wastewater treatment processes will also be covered in the module.On successful completion of the module, the students are able to show originality in the application of knowledge of sustainable sewerage systems and wastewater treatment to specific situations.

Module aims

Provide insights from edge of field on managing drinking water sources such as lakes and reservoirs;

provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of health and environmental issues associated with wastewater.

provide a systematic understanding and critical awarenessof key factors associated with sanitation and wastewater treatment.

describe the key components of wastewater treatment systems: including preliminary, primary, secondary and tertiary treatment unit processes.

provide a comprehensive understanding of wastewater treatment process design principles, and ability of carrying out design procedures.

provide an understanding of aspects of regulations and legislation associated with wastewater treatment.

provide the ability to evaluate conventional and advanced systems for wastewater treatment and reuse.

provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the principles of sewerage design, operation and maintenance, including sustainable urban drainage system concepts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of aspects of wastewater quality and treatment including their implications for public and environmental health and the urban water cycle. KCT
Analyse the functions of unit processes associated with a number of wastewater treatment systems. KCT
Carry out and evaluate the process design of conventional and advanced wastewater treatment processes. KPT
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of aspects of wastewater treatment regulation and law. KPT
Propose appropriate sewerage and drainage schemes for storm water and wastewater management, taking into account the principles of sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs).    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:

Rationale behind wastewater treatment- Public and Environmental health, sanitation and European water framework directives (WFD).
Wastewater collection and conveyance- sewerage system management and design principles; sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs). 
Wastewater quality and the urban water cycle.
Biological wastewater treatment and kinetics of wastewater treatment.
Wastewater treatment unit processes: Activated sludge process (ASP); fixed film wastewater treatment systems (Percolating filters and RBCs).
Advanced wastewater treatment and reuse- membrane bioreactors (MBRs).
Waste stabilisation ponds.
Wastewater treatment process simulation.


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 sewerage and wastewater management industry and relevant agencies. The knowledge gained in this module, related to, sewerage and drainage, biological wastewater treatment, primary and secondary treatment, advanced wastewater treatment reuse, sludge treatment other unit operations in municipal wastewater treatment, is commonly required for professional contribution in the field of the protection of natural water bodies and public health.

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

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lecture on public and environmental health aspects of wastewater treatment and rationale behind wastewater treatment (3 hours)
Lecture and classroom exercises on wastewater collection and convyance (3 hours)
Lecture and classroom exercises on the fundamentals and design principles of biological wastewater treatment processes (9 hours)
Lecture on microbilogy of wastewater and sanitation in developing countries (3 hours)
Lecture and exercies on full scale wastewater treatment plant design and UK’s wastewater industry practices (6 hours)
Lecture on the operation and management of full scale wastewater treatment plants and UK’s wastewater industry practices (3 hours)
Lecture on waste stabilisation ponds and wastewater managemtn in developing countries (3 hours)
Simulation lab: wastewater treatment process simulation (3 hours)
Coursework on design of wastewater treatment plant and sustinable urban drainage susyems (37 hours)
Independent study on wastewater treatment process design principles, wastewater collection and sustanble urban drainage (78 hours)



Assessment Strategy

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

Ability to synthesise and critically assess the need for wastewater treatment for the protection of natural water bodies and public health (LO’s 1, 4, f) is assessed through 2 hour unseen examination.
Analysis of the design principles and evaluation of the unit processes in wastewater collection and treatment (LO’s 2, 3, 4, 5, a, b, c, d, f ) is assessed through both coursework and 2 hour unseen examination.
Proposing appropriate wastewater treatment and drainage schemes  and evaluation of industrial and professional practices on wastewater treatment process design and plant operation and management (LO’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, a, b, c, d, f).  This is assessed through the design coursework.
Analysis and comprehensive understanding of wastewater collection and treatment issues, both in industrialised and developing world, to evaluate the treatment process selection and management strategies (LO’s 1, 4, 5, a, b, c, 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] (2 hours) {70%}

·         Coursework on i). Wastewater treatment process and design, and ii). Sewerage and sustainable urban drainage [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 WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND SEWERAGE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm036

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.