Engineering

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ECM3158 - Water Resources and Pollution Control (2015)

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MODULE TITLEWater Resources and Pollution Control CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3158 MODULE CONVENERProf Fayyaz Ali Memon (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 weeks 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 16
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

With the global population expanding rapidly, wastewater management and the provision of clean drinking water to people across the world will become an increasingly challenging and important pursuit in the coming decades.


This module will acquaint you with current practices in water quality management, including the operational principles of water and wastewater treatment plants.  You will learn about the water cycle, methods of treating polluted water so it can be reused, water behavior and flows, water-borne diseases and methods of disinfection, and ways of building sustainable systems.  Water quality is strictly regulated by most countries, and so it is imperative that engineers around the world continually improve methods of ensuring a safe supply.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module covers a wide range of topics, but its principle aims include introducing you to the water cycle, flow and quality on natural systems. It is also designed to show you how proper engineering design can protect the hydraulic system, and how engineers can help to overcome the growing problem of water scarcity by designing sustainable drainage systems.

 

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).
 
 
 
This module correlates to references U1 - U3, E1 - E2, E4, D1, D4, S3, S4, P1, P4, P7, MU1, MU2, MU4, ME1, MD1, MD2, MS2, MP1, MP2, GM2 and GM4. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at http://www.engc.org.uk
 
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 understand natural water cycle and flow and quality variability and analyse the hydrological cycle and judge how much water could be abstracted from a water source.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
2 comprehend the operational principles of drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, dynamics of treatment process and design guidance;
3 appreciate the importance and functions of sustainable drainage systems.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
4 retrieve data and solve problems on a previously taught subject.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- water uses: domestic, agricultural, industrial;

- reasons for use;

- patterns of use;

- quality requirements;

- water resources:- global, continental and local balances;

- rainfall variations, temporal, spatial, duration and intensity;

- frequency analysis;

- hydrological system:- rainfall, evapo-transpiration, run-off, base-flow, streamflow, water quality:- dissolved and suspended substances, conservative and non-conservative components, BOD, COD, TOC; 

- constraints on water quality in nautural systems and public water supply;

- water quality modelling:- BOD decay, re-aeration, Streeter-Phelps, other water quality models;

- water related diseases:- relationship to water cycle;

- viruses, bacteria, fungi, helminths etc; 

- modes of disease transmission;

- water treatment and disinfection:- suspended solids removal, coagulation, filtration, disinfection, pH adjustment; 

- sustainable urban drainage – basic processes and configurations.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 48.00 Guided Independent Study 102.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24 Tutorials
Guided independent study 102 Lecture and assessment preparation; wider reading

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not applicable      
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam – closed book 70 2 hours All As per university procedure
Coursework – continuous assessment 1 15 Up to 10 pages detailed solution of coursework problems 1 Written and verbal on general points in class or by email
Practical – continuous assessment 2 15 Up to 10 pages detailed solution of concept and preliminary design of wastewater treatment plant with tertiary treatment included. 2 Written and verbal on general points in class or by email
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Written exam (100%) All August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.


If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Gray N F Water Technology Arnold 1999 000-0-340-67645-0 [Library]
Set Tebbutt, T.H.Y Principles of Water Quality Control Butterworth Heinemann 1998 000-0-750-63658-0 [Library]
Set Linsley, R.K., Franzini, J.B, Freyberg, D.L. and Tchobanoglous, G. Water Resources Engineering McGrawHill 1992 0-071-12689-9 [Library]
Set Mihelcic, J R, Zimmerman, J B Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, sustainability, design John Wiley and sons 2009 978-0470165058 [Library]
Set Mays, L Water Resources Engineering 2nd Wiley 2011 978-0470460641 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 09 January 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Hydrogeology; infiltration; rainfall; runoff; hydrograph; routing; reservoir; groundwater; water use; water and wastewater treatment processes; sustainable urban drainage systems; water issues in developing countries.