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CEG8101 : Core Concepts in Environmental Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor David Werner
  • Lecturer: Professor Thomas Curtis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To acquire knowledge and understanding of the physical, chemical, biological sciences which underpin Environmental Engineering.

This module is designed to provide scientific skills and understanding of the key chemical, physical and biological processes appropriate for a practising environmental engineer. Students will also gain hands-on experience in analytical methods for assessing pollution of the natural environment and engineered treatment systems, data evaluation, and reporting methods.

Outline Of Syllabus

History of public health engineering and environmental standards Faecal-oral route of disease transmission
Chemistry Fundamentals, including chemical pollutants (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite)
Microbiology Fundamentals, including pathogens (E. Coli, Vibrio Cholerae, Salmonella Typhi) and biotransformation (nitrification of urea)
Measurement and Analysis Fundamentals, including quality assurance and statistics (Theory and Practical).
Modelling Fundamentals, including mass balance and simple computational methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Lecture notes and online resources e.g. PCaPs/podcats and / or articles. Non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture18:008:008 x 1 hour lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion133:0033:00Assessed reports on environmental monitoring
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:002 x 3 hour laboratory practicals.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Calculation and data analysis tutorial.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Fieldwork practical.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study241:0024:00Includes background reading for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The course introduces the chemical and microbiological principles required for an understanding of environmental pollution through lectures and tutorials. It provides experience in analytical techniques for pollution measurement, and assessment of compliance with regulatory standards. It develops skills in data collection, handling, interpretation and presentation in written form (laboratory report). The laboratory classes are split into smaller groups with demonstrator support to facilitate skills development. Acquired skills are assessed in the laboratory report. The field trip is included to provide practical context for lecture materials.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100One submission based on environmental monitoring data generated/shared in the lectures, practicals and tutorials (maximum 10 A4).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and skills are assessed by an item of coursework. Coursework assesses skills in planning, organization, literature review, quality assurance and control, data-analysis, interpretation and numeracy, through written presentation of a environmental monitoring report.

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