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ECMM110 - Water and Environmental Systems (2015)

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MODULE TITLEWater and Environmental Systems CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECMM110 MODULE CONVENERProf Guangtao Fu (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 39
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

With the world's population growing, and pressure mounting from increasing industrial and agricultural development, the prevention of water pollution and management of water resources are becoming increasingly important.

 

In this module you will investigate the current practices and issues in planning and management of water and environmental systems in the UK and around the world. Through case studies taken from real-world studies published by academics and consultants, this module will allow you to identify key drivers, future uncertainties and trends underlying water management, and explore various designs, techniques, computer models, and hydroinformatics tools for control and management of water and wastewater systems.
 

This module is designed as a standalone course although prior knowledge of hydrological system and pollution control is desirable. The module is suitable for specialist students looking to advance their knowledge on some specific topics, and for non-specialist students looking to gain an understanding of key issues in water and wastewater management.



 

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to give you a basic knowledge of driving factors, key issues, new techniques and tools for planning and management of water and environmental systems. It also provides practical experience in the development and use of techniques and tools to solve water and wastewater management problems.

 

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 E1, S1, S2, MU1 - MU4, ME1, ME2, MD1, MS1, MS2 and GM2 - 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 demonstrate through critical analysis and theoretical discussion a good understanding of the current practices, issues, techniques and tools in planning and management of water and wastewater.


Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
2 adopt an analytical, systematic and creative approach to problem solving;
3 select and apply appropriate mathematical methods, scientific principles and computer based methods for the modelling and analysis of engineering problems, and apply them creatively and realistically in practical situations;
4 take a holistic approach to design and problem solving.


Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
5 learn independently, find information, including original research material, and analyse it critically;
6 demonstrate judgement and critical skills in selecting appropriate methods of analysis.
 

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

- core themes: sustainable water and wastewater management;

- water systems analysis: linear programming; dynamic programming;

- elective themes;

- water supply engineering and management: water demand forecasting;

- surface water systems, groundwater systems, water distribution systems;

- water excess engineering and management: urban stormwater management systems; floodplain management systems; operation of surface water systems for flood control;

- water quality management: water quality prediction and control; river quality control systems; lake and estuarine quality control systems;

- ecological modelling: nitrification and denitrification; kinetic systems; steady-state models;

- environmental systems: reactor models; physical, chemical and biological unit processes; engineered systems for wastewater treatment; engineered systems for air pollution control;

- engineered systems for resource and energy recovery.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 22.00 Guided Independent Study 128.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22 Tutorials
Guided independent study 128 Asssessment preparation; private study
     

 

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
Presentations     Peer reviewed
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 75 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 25
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework 1 – written report 25 25 hours approx. All Comments directly on report and on individual feedback sheet
Coursework 2 – written report 25 25 hours approx. All Comments directly on report and on individual feedback sheet
Coursework 3 – written report 25 25 hours approx. All Comments directly on report and on individual feedback sheet
Coursework 4 - written report 25 25 hours approx. All Comments directly on report and on individual feedback sheet
         

 

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 Coursework (100%) All Completed over summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment. One written report will be taken in lieu of all four assessments.

 


 

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 Peavy H S, Rowe D R & Tchobanoglou G Environmental Engineering International edition McGraw Hill 1985 000-0-071-00231-6 [Library]
Set Mays, L Water Resources Handbook McGraw Hill Education 1996 000-0-070-41150-6 [Library]
Set Mays, L and Tung, Yeou-Koung Hydrosystems Engineering and Management McGraw Hill Education 1992 000-0-070-41446-8 [Library]
Set Tebbutt, T.H.Y Principles of Water Quality Control Butterworth Heinemann 1998 000-0-750-63658-0 [Library]
Set Nazaroff; W and Alvarez-Cohen; Lisa Environmental Engineering Science John Wiley & Sons 2001 000-0-471-14494-0 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) M (NQF level 7) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 25 November 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Water; environmental systems; systems analysis; sustainability; optimisation.