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- Water Informatics (2018)

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1. Programme Title:

Water Informatics

NQF Level:


2. Description of the Programme (as in the Business Approval Form)

The programme provides the formal training required for the PhD students who obtain a place at one of the four universities participating in the Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) - (see Students will receive training covering a wide range of topics in hydroinformatics and water engineering. The centre aims to produce a new generation of scientists and engineers capable of working with the latest ICT and water related technologies at the interface of traditionally separate disciplines. The programme is not open to other applicants.


3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The Water Informatics taught programme is designed to deliver formal training for the WISE CDT students in areas of water engineering, informatics and related topics. The specific aims of the programme are as follows:

•    To consolidate existing and provide students with new, advanced knowledge of water engineering, informatics and related topics required to conduct effective and efficient research at the PhD level, as part of the WISE CDT. It also offers gaining practical experience in using various hydroinformatics and other methods and tools over a wide range of application areas.

•    To develop in students research skills, personal skills and core academic skills which will prepare them for their PhD work at the host WISE university.


4. Programme Structure

Your PgDip Water Informatics programme is a 1 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 1 ‘Stage’. This Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.


Interim Awards

If you do not complete the programme you may be able to exit with the following lower qualification.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert): At least 60 credits of which 45 or more must be at NQF level 7.


5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site


You may take Option Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

Stage 1

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ECMM124Hydroinformatics Tools15YesNo
ECMM132Urban Drainage and Waste Water Management15YesNo
ECMM133Water Supply and Distribution Management15YesNo
ECMM144Environmental and Computational Hydraulics15YesNo
ECMM145Computational Hydrology15YesNo
ECMM146Mathematical Modelling of Waste Water Treatment Processes15YesNo
ECMM410Research Methodology15YesNo
ECMM171Programming for Engineering15YesNo

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning & Assessment Methods

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to: Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

A Specialised Subject Skills & Knowledge

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:


1.    Understand natural and manmade water systems and processes, their characteristics, functioning and related issues.

2.    Understand water and informatics management problems.

3.    Make appropriate and critical use of water, informatics and related modelling and management principles.

4.    Gain familiarity with hydroinformatics and related methods and tools for application to a variety of water engineering problems.


Learning & Teaching Activities

The modules will be delivered by a mixture of formal lectures, tutorial classes and (computer) practical sessions. Example sheets and other assignments will be set and marked by the module leader. Students will be expected to read the assigned texts. Assistance will be given during tutorials and office hours will be available for individual students to help overcome any difficulties.

The compulsory (core) modules will be used to develop and test skills (1)-(4).


Assessment Methods

ECMM124, ECMM132 and ECMM133 will be assessed by a combination of a written examination and coursework.

ECMM144, ECMM145, ECMM146, ECMM171 and ECMM410 will be assessed by coursework only (first three for practical reasons as these modules are delivered by external lecturers from the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Cardiff).


B Academic Discipline Core Skills & Knowledge

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:


1.    Ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve a problem for a given water system and issue(s) addressed

2.    Organise tasks into a structured form

3.    Summarise and analyse data

4.    Integrate theory and applications

5.    Ability to critically assess research results

6.    Transfer knowledge and methods from one subject area to a different area

7.    Be able to formulate useful models from verbal and written descriptions by authors from other than engineering disciplines

8.    Have a working knowledge of a range of hydroinformatics software for solving water engineering problems and for producing publication and presentation quality graphical output


Learning & Teaching Activities

The ability to formulate models, organise tasks into a structured form, and summarise and analyse data will be developed in all compulsory modules.

The techniques required to solve the problems, develop models and produce publication and presentation quality outputs will be developed in ECMM124, ECMM144, ECMM145, ECMM146, ECMM132 and ECMM133.



Assessment Methods

These skills will be tested by the marking of coursework (including in class tests) and examination.


C Personal / Transferable / Employment Skills & Knowledge

On successfully completing the programme you will have:


1.    Improved necessary skills for independent learning

2.    Enhanced report and presentation skills

3.    Improved IT skills

4.    Ability to work as part of a team

5.    Ability to manage time effectively

6.    Ability to plan career and personal development


Learning & Teaching Activities

(1) and (2) These will be developed in module ECMM410 primarily but also (up to a point) in all other modules.

(3) This will be developed in module ECMM171 primarily but also in modules ECMM124, ECMM144, ECMM145, ECMM146, ECMM132, and ECMM133.

(4), (5) and (6) This will be developed throughout the programme. All the modules require timely submission of coursework and encourage students to organise their independent study and ensure timely submission through effective time management. WISE CDT students are located together throughout their taught programme and are encouraged to interact and work collaboratively to enhance their learning experience. Students work in small groups in their transferable skills modules and assessed groupwork is integral to the Summer School challenge. Each student will have personal tutorial advice to achieve (5) and (6).


Assessment Methods

Assessed through the coursework of the modules.


7. Programme Regulations


The programme consists of 120 credits. The pass mark for award of credit in an individual PG module is 50%.

Condonement is the process that allows you to pass a ‘stage’ should you fail to achieve the required number of credits in any stage.

You are required to achieve 120 credits you must have achieved an average mark of at least 50% across the 120 credits of assessment including the marks for any failed and condoned modules. You will not be allowed reassessment in the condoned credit. Up to 30 credits of failure can be condoned in a stage. However, you must pass the modules marked with a 'Yes' in the 'non-condonable' column in the tables above. The pass mark for these modules is 50%.

Assessment and Awards

The award will normally be based on at least 120 credits of which 90 or more must be at NQF level 7.


The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following percentage marks:

Postgraduate Degrees

Distinction   70%+

Merit            60-69%

Pass            50-59%


Full details of PGT programmes assessment regulations can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website. Generic marking criteria are also published here.

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance.


8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

In accordance with University policy a system of personal tutors is in place for all students on this programme. A University-wide statement on such provision is included in the University's TQA Manual. As a student enrolled on this programme you will receive the personal and academic support of the Programme Coordinator and will have regular scheduled meetings with your Personal Tutor; you may request additional meetings as and when required. The role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information Technology (IT) Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Help may be obtained through the Helpdesk, and most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Additionally, the College has its own dedicated IT support staff, helpdesk and computer facilities which are linked to the wider network, but which also provide access to some specialised software packages. Email is an important channel of communication between staff and students in the College and an extensive range of web-based information (see is maintained for the use of students, including a comprehensive and annually revised student handbook.

The Harrison Learning Resource Centre is generally open during building open hours. The Centre is available for quiet study, with four separate rooms that can be booked for meetings and group work. Amongst its facilities, the Learning Resource Centre has a number of desks, four meeting rooms with large LCD screens, and free use of a photocopier. Also available are core set texts from your module reading lists, and undergraduate and MSc projects from the past two years.

Online Module study resources provide materials for modules that you are registered for, in addition to some useful subject and IT resources. Generic study support resources, library and research skills, past exam papers, and the 'Academic Honesty and Plagiarism' module are also available through the student portal (

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.


10. Admission Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements and English Language requirements of the University of Exeter.

A first degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or other science subject with at least Second Class Honours or its equivalent will normally be required. The student will be interviewed before admission by the relevant WISE University staff (depending on where the student will be registered for the PhD degree).

Overseas students without English as a first language must show proficiency in English and have an appropriate qualification.

The Athena SWAN charter encourages Universities to work towards gender equality within STEM/M Disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) see


11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.


12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).


14 Awarding Institution University of Exeter
15 Lead College / Teaching Institution College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
16 Partner College / Institution Universities of Bristol, Bath and Cardiff
17 Programme accredited/validated by
18 Final Award(s) PGDip
19 UCAS Code (UG programmes)
20 NQF Level of Final Awards(s): 7
21 Credit (CATS and ECTS) 120 credits (60 ECTS)
22 QAA Subject Benchmarking Group (UG and PGT programmes) Engineering
23 Origin Date July 6th 2017 Last Date of Revision: October 16th 2018