Module code: ENGM038

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

OUKI SK Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 36

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION 70
Coursework COURSEWORK 30

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normally a knowledge of applied chemistry and microbiology to Level HE3 or module ENGM055 Applied Chemistry and Microbiology

Module overview

This module intends to provide the students with a strong base on the technologies involved for the treatment and control of pollution.  Both conventional and advanced methods are covered with a view to emphasise the need for sustainable treatment technologies that rely on reuse, recycling and recovery of both water and material resources.

Module aims

Provide a comprehensive understanding of water treatment process design and management;

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Conventional industrial wastewater treatments with little potential for waste minimisation, recycling, reuse and recovery

Coagulation and flocculation
Chemical precipitation

Advanced industrial wastewater treatment with potential for recycling/reuse/recovery

Activated carbon adsorption
Ion exchange treatment
Reverse Osmosis

Sludge Treatment and disposal

Chemical, physical and thermal  treatments
Landfill disposal – non sustainable
Sustainable disposal methods with beneficial reuse, energy recovery etc. (Land application for agricultural application, composting, incineration with energy recovery)

Introduction to Contaminated Land

Heavy metals in soils
Factors affecting mobility and remediation  of metals in soils
Site investigation
Remediation technologies for contaminated soils

Landfill Management and Operation

Energy from Waste Incineration

Sustainable Integrated Waste Management Strategies

Methods of Teaching / Learning

25 hrs lectures, 3 hours tutorials, 40 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and   85 hrs independent learning.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

The learning and teaching strategy for this part of the module is designed to introduce students to fundamental and advanced wastewater and waste treatment and reuse technologies and principles. The potential for water and material resource recovery via the use of sustainable treatment techniques will be introduced with the aim to minimise waste production and maximise water and material reuse. Some process design concepts will be introduced for those technologies that have more potential for wider practical applications.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures/Tutorials (1-7):

Introduction to Module + Conventional industrial wastewater treatments (4 hours)
Advanced industrial wastewater treatment technologies-potential for reuse and recovery (3 hours) [combination of lectures/tutorial]
Advanced industrial Effluent Treatment case studies (3)
Sludge Treatment Processes (3 hours)
Introduction to Contaminated Land (3 hours)
Landfill Management and Operation (3 hours)
Energy from Waste Incineration (3 hours)
Sustainable Integrated Waste Management Strategies (3 hours)


Assessment Strategy

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

Explain the principles of industrial wastewater and waste treatment processes (LO:1,2,3)
Compare and appraise conventional and advanced t technologies associated with wastewater & waste treatment and reuse (LO:4,5,6)
Evaluate the concept of water and waste recycling and reuse when selecting treatment options with an emphasis on closed-loop treatment processes rather than end of pipe (LO:5,6)

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework related to the case study report including oral presentation–[Learning outcomes (4-6) and (a, b, c, d, e, f, h, j, k)[30%, 30 hours]
Students have to choose a wastewater/waste treatment/disposal case study whereby they have to critically assess its environmental practices with a view to provide a strategy on how to improve them taking into account the concepts of clean technology, closed loop treatment processes, waste minimisation, recycling, reuse and recovery.
Students are expected to produce a 15 minute audio presentation of their chosen case studies
Examination [learning outcome: 1-4, b-e](70%, 2 hours)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through exercises given during the lectures for the student to practice on. Feedback will be given in the form of comments and solutions during an allocated time following a particular lecture.

Reading list

Reading list for POLLUTION CONTROL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm038

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Structural Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Bridge Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Water and Environmental Engineering MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

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.