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CEG8104 : Wastewater Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Russell Davenport
  • Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Heidrich, Dr Pavlina Theodosiou, Professor Thomas Curtis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide students with the concepts, knowledge, skills, and experience to engineer appropriate sustainable wastewater treatment systems for the 21st century global challenges of urbanization, climate change and pollution.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide students with an understanding of the contemporary challenges of treating and returning wastewater safely to the environment in the context of climate change and sustainable development goals. Students will learn concepts of the physical, chemical, and biological principles underpinning wastewater assessment and treatment. Students will also learn the operation and design of such unit processes, with a particular emphasis on the latest developments in biological principles and parameters. An introduction to recent developments and more advanced techniques in biological wastewater treatment will be provided. Basic analytical and the latest molecular microbial ecology skills will be developed through laboratory analysis of wastewater and sludge samples.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00digital exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:307:30Exam Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture211:0021:00lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:001 x 2 hours of computing practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:001 x 1 hour of practical laboratory session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:002 x 3 hour practical laboratory session.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:001 x 2 hour Question and answer and problem-solving design tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork23:006:00Field trip to wastewater treatment site
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:3052:30Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are acquired primarily through the lecture classes, tutorials and laboratory practicals, with students expected to undertake self-directed learning by reading of technical journal papers, textbooks, legislation and the selective use of web sites. Laboratory (practical) classes provide a deeper understanding of the practical aspects of the unit processes Design skills will be learned through tutorials and assessments. Both the laboratory and design elements also provide skills and experience that supports the design coursework of other modules, and how wastewater treatment plants achieve compliance to statutory regulations.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Exam
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1M2 calculation based tutorials
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A summative exam assessment is the most appropriate and efficient method to assess the range of Knowledge Outcomes in particular, but also includes assessment of the Skills Outcomes in design calculations, which are further assessed through formative tutorials.

The understanding of the practical elements of the module, as well as addressing the knowledge and practical skills outcomes will be carried out through formative observational and questioning during the lab practicals.

Reading Lists