CEG8103 : Water Supply and Treatment

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
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 ActivitiesLecture11:001:001 x 1 hour online module introduction. Present in Person or Synchronous online (Plan B).
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Present in person lectures/Lecture notes and online asynchronous e.g. PCaPs/podcasts/articles(PlanB)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Class test or 24 hour take-home exam (Plan B)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:155:00Revision for class test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:3010:30Assessed laboratory report (semester 1)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00practical labs. PiP/(8 hours recorded independent study 2x1hr Synchronous online tutorials planB)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Design Tutorial/Mentoring. Present in person or Synchronous on-line (Plan B).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Field trip to water treatment site or independent study (Plan B)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:3044:30Includes 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.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Assessed laboratory practical report (maximum 15 sides to include graphs, tables and diagrams)
Written exercise1M50Written exam - 2 hours
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.

Reading Lists