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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M63
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: OUKI SK Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment




Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)




Written 2 hour examination








Coursework (Students have to choose an industrial wastewater/waste treatment/disposal case study whereby they have to visit an industry and critically assess their environmental practices with a view to provide a strategy on how to improve their current practices and be able to introduce the concept of clean technology, closed loop treatment processes, waste minimisation, recycling, reuse and recovery.

Students are expected to produce a 15 minute oral presentation to their peers in a seminar style environment and are expected to answer questions from the audience.) 






Qualifying Condition(s) 




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




Module Overview
This module intends to provide the students with a strong base on the technologies involved for the treatment and control of pollution.  Both conventional and advanced methods are covered with a view to emphasis the need for sustainable techniques that rely on reuse, recycling and recovery.

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 the science and engineering underlying pollutionand waste management.

To provide the conceptual understanding to evaluate methodologies and select feasible and sustainable treatment technologies for particular applications.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
·         Develop technologies and strategies designed to minimise or eliminate the production of wastes and promote those that encourage recycling, recovery and reuse
·         Develop strategies designed to manage and control pollution

Understand and apply new waste treatment and disposal technologies to advance the state of current practice and endorse the concept of clean technology.

Module Content

Conventional industrial wastewater treatments with little potential for waste minimisation, recycling, reuse and recovery
·         Coagulation and flocculation
·         Chemical precipitation
Advanced industrial wastewater treatment with potential for recycling/reuse/recovery
  • Activated carbon adsorption
  • Ion exchange treatment
  • Reverse Osmosis
Sludge Treatment and disposal
  • Chemical, physical and thermal treatments
  • Landfill disposal – non sustainable
  • Sustainable disposal methods with beneficial reuse, energy recovery etc. (Land application for agricultural application, composting, incineration with energy recovery)
Introduction to Contaminated Land
  • Heavy metals in soils
  • Factors affecting mobility and remediation of metals in soils
  • Site investigation
  • Remediation technologies for contaminated soils
Landfill Management and Operation
Energy from Waste Incineration
  • Sustainable Integrated Waste Management Strategies

Methods of Teaching/Learning
27 hrs lectures, 6 hrs site visit, 30 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 84 hrs independent learning.
Total student learning time 150 hours.
Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading
Printed lecture notes as necessary, in addition to the following texts:
Recommended background reading
1.      W. Wesley Eckenfelder Jr, Industrial Water Pollution Control, McGraw Hill, ISBN 0-07-039364-8
2.      Williams PT, Waste Treatment and Disposal, Wiley, 1998. (ISBN 04719 81494)
3.      Kiely G, Environmental Engineering, McGraw-Hill, 1997. (ISBN 00770 91272)
4.      Benefield LD, Judkins JF and Weand BL, Process Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Treatment, Prentice-Hall, 1982. (ISBN 01372 29755)

Metcalf and Eddy Inc, Wastewater Engineering, Treatment, Disposal, Reuse, McGraw Hill, 1979. (ISBN 00704 1677X)

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