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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M89
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: HELLAWELL E Dr (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 (%)









2 hour examination


















Coursework – Two assignments


















Qualifying Condition(s) 









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









Module Overview
The module is aimed at gaining an overview of geoenvironmental issues relating to the development of contaminated land and the disposal of waste in the ground. 
Knowledge of Geotechnical Engineering to Level HE3
Module Aims

To provide students with:









  • an appreciation of legislation and other drivers affecting the development of contaminated land


  • an ability to plan a site investigation on contaminated land


  • an appreciation of the importance of risk management and health and safety issues particularly relating to contaminated land assessment, remediation and waste disposal.


  • an understanding of the mechanisms which cause pollutants to migrate through the ground


  • a knowledge of different remediation strategies


  • a knowledge of different containment strategies


  • an understanding of waste properties and disposal options
  • an appreciation of GIS and numerical modelling as tools for design
Learning Outcomes



Upon successful completion of the module, students should:


·         have a basic knowledge of risk assessment and risk management for contaminated land


·         be able to use the CLEA model for basic analysis of risk.


·         be able to assess contaminated site and use GIS to present the data.


·         be able to design a remediation strategy for a contaminated site.


·         have an appreciation of health and safety issues on contaminated sites, within remediation design and in waste disposal.


·         be able to calculate the migration of mobile contaminants through the ground using analytical models


appreciate the complex properties of waste and different disposal options.



Module Content

·         Geoenvironmental legislation









·         Site investigation on contaminated land









  • Geographic information systems for contaminated site assessment


  • Introduction to the CLEA model and risk assessment


  • Contaminant transport


  • Barriers and containment of waste and contaminants


  • Clean up technologies


  • Landfill technology


  • Building on former landfill and waste sites
  • Geotechnical properties of waste and fill
Methods of Teaching/Learning

25 hrs lectures, 5 hrs practical work, 40 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 78 hrs independent learning.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

The module will be supported by printed notes where necessary. Students will be directed to read selected parts of the following text books:



DEFRA/ EA, The Contaminated Land Exposure Assessment Model (CLEA): Technical Basis and Algorithms (CLR10), pp 129, Publ. Environment Agency (EA), ISBN: 1-857-05749-X,



D Evans, S A Jefferis, A O Thomas and S Cui , 2001, Remedial processes for contaminated land - principles and practice, Publ. CIRIA C549, ISBN: 978-0-86017-549-0

Freeze RA and Cherry JA, Groundwater, Prentice Hall, 1979.  (ISBN 01336 53129)



Privett K, Matthews SC and Hodges RA, Barriers, Liners and Cover Systems, CIRIA Special Publication 124, 1995.





Barry DL, Gregory RG, Summersgill IM and Hellawell EE, Remedial Engineering for Closed Landfill Sites, CIRIA Report C557, 2001.  (ISBN: 08601 7557X)

Last Updated

29 September 2009