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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM046 Module Title: EUROPEAN STUDY TOUR
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M88
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: CLARKE BA Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability


Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Continuous assessment (Field record)






Continuous assessment (Field record)






Qualifying Condition(s)



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



Module Overview
The module provides for visiting and critically reviewing technical and operational features of water treatment and supply systems in either or both Germany and The Netherlands. Students completing the module will normally travel in mini-buses or coaches and be accommodated in hostel/hotel accommodation. The group accommodation offers the opportunity to discuss and critically assess features associated with the individual facilities visited. Professionals working in the sector will host every site visit and present or discuss the relevant technical or operational features.
Normally the knowledge and learning outcomes provided by Modules ENGM034, ENGM035, ENGM036, ENGM038.
Module Aims
·         To promote the conceptual understanding and critical evaluation of special approaches adopted by Dutch or German organisations to water abstraction and treatment for potable supply
·         To provide insights from edge of field of catchment modelling for a major river basin which crosses national boundaries or similarly complex area of the water cycle

To provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of a range of approaches to interactions within the water cycle

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
·         Understand that the approaches to water cycle issues can vary from country to country
·         Apply their existing state of knowledge to critically evaluate the approaches adopted by various European organisations

Produce a concise field record, identifying key elements associated with individual visits and critically describing them in a detailed formal report

Module Content
The module concentrates on a number of aspects related to the water cycle and emphasises approaches which are significantly different to current U.K. Practice. 
Typical locations visited include:
·          Vitens, Sneek – Groundwater abstraction and treatment
·         Rotterdam Storm Surge Barrier - Major engineering works of novel design
·         Amsterdam Water Supply - Intensive water treatment and supply without disinfection
·         Evides Biesbosch Reservoir System – Abstraction from the trans-boundary River Meuse (Maas) and quality improvement
·         Stadtwerke Karlsruhe - Groundwater abstraction from the River Rhine gravels and treatment
·         Zweckverband Bodensee-Wasserversorgung (BWV) nr. Überlingen – Deepwater abstraction from Lake Constance

Baden Baden - Water supply from capped springs in the Black Forest

Methods of Teaching/Learning
One week intensive module spent entirely in the field, comprising:
·         Observations made in the field
·         Group tutorials to discuss strategic issues
·         Assessment of water cycle activities and approaches
·         Preparation of formal report

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading
Recommended background reading

A comprehensive reading list will be provided in the Study Tour Module material.

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