CEG8108 : Environmental Engineering Design and Project Management

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module is designed to give students experience of working in design teams, and individually, to produce: (1) the design of a water quality monitoring network and programme and (2) a comprehensive design based on the requirements to treat/manage a given set of wastewaters, waters and/or solid waste giving due consideration to the wider issues such as EIA, ERM, IPPC and project management. They will also gain an understanding of the issues to be considered for implementation of a design, such as logistical constraints, EIA, costings, planning and project management. A key objective of the module is to encourage students to apply what they have learned in other modules on the programme, and therefore there is a significant amount of independent learning, but with guidance from a design mentor.

Outline Of Syllabus

Building on the lectures, tutorials, practicals and field trips of other modules in Semesters 1 and 2, a combination of tutorials, some lectures, and field visits will be provided to guide students through the design of the monitoring network and wastewater treatment plant.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:501:501 x 1.5 hour module introduction & discussion (Sem 2). Present In Person.**
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:006 x 1 hour background information & case study lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials151:0015:00Lecture notes and online resources, e.g. pCaPs/ podcasts and/or articles.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Individual design reports
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Group submission of preliminary design reports
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:502:501 x 2.5 hour module introduction & discussion (Sem 1). Synchronous online.***
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:304:303 x 1.5 hour Design mentoring tutorials (Sem 2). Present In Person.**
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Design mentoring tutorials (2 x Sem 1; 2 x Sem 2). Synchronous online.***
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:303:00Tutorials and design mentoring (Sem 1). Present In Person.**
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:001 x 3.0 hour visit to WWTW (Sem 2). Present In Person.**
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork11:501:501 x 1.5 hour visit to Ouseburn (Sem 1)*. Present In Person.**
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:001 x 2.0 hour online Coursework surgery / design mentoring (Sem 1). Synchronous online.***
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:303:002 x 1.5 hour online Coursework surgery. Synchronous online.***
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity140:0040:00Coursework preparation in block weeks
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study167:0067:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The basic learning outcomes of this module are to allow students to research and work in teams in order to gain a further understanding of the theoretical background involved in a range of the taught modules. These include (but are not exclusive, depending upon the project) CEG8101 Core concepts in Environmental Engineering, CEG8102 Practical hydraulics, CEG8104 Wastewater engineering, CEG8107 Environmental Engineering for Developing Countries, CEG8103 Water supply and treatment and CEG8105 Solid Waste Management. Additional learning opportunities are provided in lectures, small group teaching activities and student-led group discussions to enable the students to gain a deeper understanding of the issues raised in the theoretical classes and an appreciation of the practical issues of design implementation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M10Group submission of preliminary monitoring design (maximum 6 sides A4).
Written exercise1M23Individual submission of specialist monitoring report (maximum 10 sides A4)
Written exercise2M10Group submission of conceptual WWTW design report (maximum 10 sides A4)
Written exercise2M57Individual WWTW design report (maximum 25 sides A4).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The specialist knowledge and understanding provided and gained through team work are assessed by means of group submissions of the team's preliminary designs, followed by a comprehensive report on the detailed designs, submitted by each individual. This combination of methods is considered appropriate to assess the breadth of individual Knowledge and Skills Outcomes developed in this module, including the ability to work in design teams.

Both the group submission and individual design reports are expected to contain a large number of diagrams, tables, calculations and bullet point lists in place of paragraphs of text.

Reading Lists