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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M61
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: CLARKE BA Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Written 2 hour examination






Coursework – 2 assignments






Qualifying Condition(s) 



An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.



Module Overview

The module provides a broad ranging overview of elements of wastewater treatment and sanitation systems, including the design approaches for surface water, combined and foul sewerage systems. Major wastewater (sewage) treatment processes will be covered in detail, with inputs from both academics and professionals working in the sector. Approaches to developing world sanitation and wastewater treatment processes will also be described in the module.


Normally a knowledge of applied chemistry and microbiology to Level HE3 or module ENGM055 Applied Chemistry and Microbiology.

Module Aims
·         To provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of health issues associated with wastewater.
·         To provide a systematic understanding and critical awarenessof key factors associated with sanitation and wastewater treatment.
·         To provide a systematic understanding of wastewater treatment systems: including preliminary, primary, secondary and tertiary treatment unit processes.
·         To provide a comprehensive understanding of wastewater treatment process design procedures.
·         To provide an understanding of aspects of regulations and legislation associated with wastewater treatment.

To provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the principles of sewerage design, construction and maintenance, including sustainable urban drainage system concepts.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
·         Show a systematic understanding and critical awareness of aspects of wastewater quality and treatment including their implications for public health and the water cycle.
·         Show a comprehensive understanding of the unit processes associated with a number of wastewater treatment systems.
·         Complete the process design of basic wastewater treatment processes.
·         Show an understanding of aspects of wastewater treatment regulation and law.

Design sewerage systems and understand the principles of construction.

Module Content
Wastewater quality and the water cycle
Introduction to wastewater treatment and health
Wastewater treatment unit processes
Activated sludge wastewater treatment
Fixed film wastewater treatment
Waste stabilisation ponds
Kinetics of wastewater treatment
Design and management of wastewater treatment systems
Sewerage design and construction

Wastewater treatment simulation

Methods of Teaching/Learning
30 hrs lectures, 30 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 88 hrs independent learning.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading
Recommended background reading
A comprehensive list of textbooks and journals is available at the Centre for Environmental Health Engineering (CEHE).

The Principles of Water Quality Control by T.H.Y. Tebbutt is recommended to provide an overview of both wastewater & water areas within the water cycle.

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