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CEG8107 : Environmental Engineering for Developing Countries

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Thomas Curtis
  • Lecturer: Dr Anke Neumann, Professor David Graham
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide insight into water supply, sanitation, hygiene and disease in developing countries, examples of appropriate water resource and environmental engineering interventions, and an introduction to relevant social, economic and institutional issues.

The module centres on addressing water and sanitation needs in developing countries, and includes the following main topics and cross-cutting issues.

Main topics: Disease; Sanitation (on-site, sewerage, treatment, re-use); Water (resources, treatment, provision); Hygiene; Drainage; Solid waste management.

Cross-cutting issues: Appropriate technology; social issues; institutional issues; rural, peri-urban and urban issues.

Outline Of Syllabus

Typical lectures and case studies (may change from year to year):
Module introduction
Appropriate technology
Disease and epidemiology
Water resources in arid areas
Low cost water supply technologies
On-site sanitation
Low cost sewerage
Community participation case studies
Urban drainage
Solid waste management
Water and sanitation sector reform
Low cost household water treatment
NGOs in water, sanitation and hygiene

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:309:00Revision
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:0016:00Lectures and case studies online pre-recorded
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Careers
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity221:0022:00Project work and presentation. The presentation will be PiP or synchronous online as (Plan B)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery20:301:00Minitutorials either present in person or synchronous online as Plan B
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study481:0048:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Intro to coursework and reflective tutorial present in person or synchronous on line as Plan B
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Seminar either present in person or synchronous on line as Plan B
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures cover the key topics, working towards the intended Knowledge Outcomes 1 to 3 and Skills Outcome 4.

Guest speakers are invited to share with the students their experiences of working in developing countries, in order to add interest and insight to the module, and again work towards the intended Knowledge and Skills Outcomes 1 to 4.

It is intended for social aspects associated with any technical topics covered to be included in general across the module. In addition, a few of the sessions are dedicated to social issues, to strengthen the intended Knowledge Outcome 3.

The coursework is designed to encourage Skills Outcomes 4 to 7 in particular. Class discussion of group presentations, and during lectures, seminars and case studies, is encouraged to strengthen Skills Outcome 7.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75Off campus examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M25Problem solving
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment Rationale and Relationship: The exam will evaluate their understanding of the core materials and their ability to place that in a wider context. The project work evaluates their ability to conceive of a solution and to take the necessary steps to get their solution funded by an outside agency

Students will be allocated into teams of around 4 to research and develop the outline of a particular environmental engineering and management programme (e.g. Water programme to supply a population of 1000 from 2 mountain springs in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh). They will be assessed on the basis of effort, knowledge and innovation demonstrated in both the team presentation and summary report. The coursework is designed to assess and provide feedback on the Skills Outcomes 4 to 7 in particular, together with the demonstrated application of the Knowledge Outcomes 1 to 3.

The written examination take home is designed to assess the Knowledge Outcomes 1 to 3 in particular, with some exam questions also giving students the opportunity to demonstrate some of the Skills Outcomes 4 and 7.

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