CEG8103 : Water Supply and Treatment

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
Membrane processes
Activated Carbon
Biological treatment processes
Pathogen removal
Disinfection chemistry and kinetics
Chemical disinfection and oxidative processes
Water Stability
Water treatment plant design

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:155:00Revision for class test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Class test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:3010:30Assessed laboratory report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Practical laboratory sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Tutorials and data analysis
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Field trip to water treatment site
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity31:003:00Data analysis and report writing
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:3040:30Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
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 that support the design coursework in module CEG8108. Data analysis and tutorials to 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201M50Unseen written class test occurring two to three weeks after the module teaching week.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Assessed laboratory practical report (maximum 15 sides to include graphs, tables and diagrams)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework (Laboratory Report) 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.

Class test is designed to assess the knowledge outcomes and in particular test the student's ability to formulate and implement simple process designs.

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