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CEG8608 : Remediating Contaminated Land

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Cooke
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aims of this module are to provide a clear definition of contaminated land, to introduce the risk-based approach to contaminated land engendered by UK legislation, and to describe the techniques which have historically been used in the reclamation of contaminated sites in the UK, together with more recently developed alternative technologies.

The lectures in this module will first introduce contaminated land and the related “land affected by contamination” and “derelict land”. You will then be introduced to the legal framework governing contaminated land in the UK, with emphasis being placed on the recent Part IIA regime. Site investigation and risk assessment are covered next and this is followed by a review of traditional and more innovative techniques for the remediation of contaminated sites. During the module, you will undertake an options appraisal to identify appropriate remediation techniques for a contaminated site in the North East of England.

Outline Of Syllabus

Remediating contaminated land
Site investigation and risk assessment
UK Legislation
Traditional remediation techniques
Process-based remediation techniques
Bioremediation techniques
Guest lecture

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00coursework preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00field trip to contaminated land site
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00self guided learning
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge and understanding are primarily imparted via lecture classes, supported by computer-hosted reference materials and a half-day site visit to a local contaminated land site. Students are encouraged and expected to learn through independent reading and subsequent reflection. They are supported in this by the provision of an appropriate reading list. Additional learning opportunities are provided through participation in, and discussion of, a half-day visit to a contaminated land site. Key skills are practised through participation in the site-visit and through the production of the options appraisal report.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Site options report in accordance with CLR 11 (6 Pages)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The students are required to complete an options appraisal report in accordance with CLR11 which requires them to utilise all of the knowledge that they have been imparted with during the module and will also require them to undertake background research to ensure that the report is of a sufficiently high standard.

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.

Reading Lists