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CEG8103 : Water Supply and Treatment

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lucia Rodriguez Freire
  • Lecturer: Professor Jaime Amezaga, Professor Russell Davenport
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module is designed to provide a conceptual understanding of the legal, health and technical aspects of treating water for drinking and industrial purposes, and to introduce the principles involved in the design and selection of unit processes for a water treatment plant.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to water quality and health Water demand and supply
Raw water quality and pretreatment Groundwater quality
Water treatment processes
• Coagulation and flocculation
• Clarification
• Filtration (incl. Biological treatment processes)
• Membrane processes
• Activated Carbon
• Pathogen removal
• Disinfection chemistry and kinetics
• Chemical disinfection and oxidative processes
• Fluoridation
Water Stability
Water treatment plant design

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00assessed lab report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:001 x 1 hour online module introduction.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:002x3hr practical lab sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Question and Answer sessions and Design Tutorials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Field trip to water treatment site or independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:0054:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material, and preparation practicing example design problems/questions for tutorials.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are acquired primarily through lecture classes. However, students are expected to add to this by directed reading of technical journal papers, text books and selective use of web sites. Laboratory (practical) classes provide deeper understanding of practical aspects of unit processes and they also provide skills and experience. Data analysis and tutorials help to formulate numeracy and design skills. 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
Practical/lab report1M100Assessed laboratory practical report (2000 words, plus graphs, tables and diagrams)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1MIn-class tutorials and on-line test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework (Laboratory Report summative assessment) will assess both the Knowledge Outcomes and Skills Outcomes, by providing students with the technical challenge of practising key water treatment unit processes at laboratory-scale, analysing key physical, chemical and biological parameters in treated water, and using the data generated to prove fundamental assumptions behind the water treatment process. The written report will provide further experience in presenting this information in a technical document.

Question and answer and design tutorial sessions (formative assessment) test the students ability to formulate and implement simple process designs

Reading Lists