CEG8106 : Pollution Control Engineering for Groundwaters and Surface Waters (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to introduce the principles and practice of surface water and groundwater pollution control engineering. The module will demonstrate the range of possible contaminants that may require treatment in engineered systems. The fundamental physical, chemical and biological mechanisms that aid removal of pollutants from surface and groundwaters will be demonstrated in lectures and practicals, as will the range of treatment options available for different types of pollutant. Design practice for different types of treatment systems will be introduced, and the importance of emerging issues in the subject area will be highlighted.

Outline Of Syllabus

Sources and types of surface water groundwater contamination
Principles of Surface water and Groundwater Movement
Calculating surface water and groundwater transit times
Principles of freshwater pollution remediation
Identifying, characterising and quantifying pollution
Chemical and biological processes in treatment systems
Agricultural diffuse pollution: Characteristics, treatment system types and design practice
Mining pollution: Characteristics, treatment system types and design practice
Petroleum / organic pollution: Characteristics, treatment system types and design practice
Emerging challenges in the design and implementation of surface water and groundwater pollution treatment systems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:309:00Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture10:000:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:3010:30Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:302:30Practical calculations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Practical calculations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Field trip/exercise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of teaching periods of 1.5 hours allows the teaching of basic knowledge, and the development and consolidation of detailed technical understanding through classroom based small group teaching activities within each teaching period. Specialist knowledge and understanding is taught and developed through problem solving exercises. Application of knowledge and skills is demonstrated through a field based exercise.

Students are encouraged and expected to learn through reflection and independent reading. They are supported in this by the provision of an extensive, but prioritised, reading list. Observations and discussions during the teaching sessions aid development of understanding whilst a short test on completion of the module (ten-minute test) enables students to monitor the progress of their learning.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50Unseen exam.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M50Coursework assessment consisting of a report on groundwater pollution problems of length up to 1500 words, plus figures/tables.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The specialist knowledge and understanding imparted during this module are assessed by means of unseen
written examination and a single coursework item.

The examination paper employs a range of approaches in order to accurately assess student abilities. These include multi-part questions aimed at testing basic knowledge, calculation methods, data interpretation, and practical application.

The coursework is designed to develop understanding and skills taught during the module through a written report involving assessment of a groundwater pollution problem and/or it's remediation.

Reading Lists