SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H121899
Module Leader Bob Gilmour
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Relevant Mathematics Fluid Mechanics Hydraulics or equivalent

Summary of Content

The importance of water to society will be explored in the context of current global water issues. Human pressures on the aquatic environment, their impact upon water quality, public health and the provision of safe and reliable potable water will be examined. Predicted climate change impacts upon water scarcity and the use of water conservation and reuse measures to counteract them will be investigated. The gathering and treatment of water will be described using hydraulic theory and computer simulation. Water transportation to and from (waste water) populated areas will be explained. Design of, and risk to storm water and foul sewage drainage schemes and standard UK procedures for assessing flood volumes and surfaces will be demonstrated. The main EU/UK legislation and administrative structures related to management of water resources will be introduced and the main unit treatment processes for water and wastewater will be reviewed. The design of treatment options for potable and environmental waters will be demonstrated.


Water and health Hydrological cycle, water sources and availability Climate change and global water crisis Public health and water quality impacts Point source and diffuse pollution EU/UK Water Regulations and administration Hydrology Hydrological measurement Precipitation measurement and analysis Drinking and foul water drainage scheme design Data synthesis and correction Flow measurement River gauging and flow measurement Stage and discharge relationship and analysis Unit hydrograph derivation, synthesis and analysis Rainfall and flow Surface flooding and design capacity Water quality issues Treatment parameters, technologies and sustainability Water treatment parameters and basic system design Wastewater parameters and system design Treatment technology options and their selection

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Understand the fundamental principles of water quality, availability and their impacts upon public health (A2, A6, B6, B7, D3, D6)2. Discuss the impact of UK/EU water legislation and water quality requirements (A6)3. Explain the environmental and public health risks associated with the discharge/reuse of polluted waters (A2, A6, B2, B3, D3, D6)4. Appreciate the options in proposing the selection of raw water sources and appropriate water treatment process given data of water quality, treatment targets and economy (A1, A2, B1, B2, B3, C1, D1, D2)5. Design drinking water and sanitary drainage systems and assess surface flooding and design capacity using standard techniques (A1, A2, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, C1) 6. Appreciate basic water quality characteristics such as BOD, Suspended solids and dissolved oxygen concentrations (C2)7. Design hydraulic systems for potable water and wastewater treatment (A1, A2, A5, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, C1, C4, D1, D2, D3, D5, D6)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will be mainly by lectures with supporting tutorials and practical classes. Practical classes will consist of laboratories, computer sessions and site visits. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to student needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module.

Indicative Reading

Climate change adaptation in the water sector Author: Ludwig, F Kabat, van Schaik, H Year: March 2009 Publisher: Earthscan, ISBN: 978 18 4407 6529 Global warming - the complete briefing, 4th Edition, Author: Houghton, J: Year: 2009 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978-0-521-70916-3 Scotland's Aquatic Environment 2004, Scottish Executive Drinking Water contaminants and their Effects on Public Health USEPA 2012 Hydrology: an introduction Author: Brutsaert, W Year: 2005 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9781615832217 Available online at: <> In extremis: disruptive events and trends in climate and hydrology Author : Kropp, J Year: 2011 Publisher: Springer ISBN: 978-36-42148-637 Available online at: <> Water Technology: An introduction for environmental scientists and engineers, 3rd edition. Author: Gray, N F. Year: 2010. Publisher: IWA Publishing ISBN 978-18-4339-3030 Basic water treatment 4th Edition. Author: Binnie, C and Kimber K Year: 2009 Publisher: IWA Publishing ISBN 978-18-43392-248 Handbook of Biological Waste Water Treatment: design and optimisation of activated sludge systems Author: van Haandel, A and van der Lubbe, J Year: 2007 Publisher: Quist Publishing, Leidschendam, Netherlands ISBN: 978-90-77983-22-5 Available online at:<htp://> Fluid Mechanics 6th edition. Author: Douglas, Gasiorek, Swaffield and Jack Year: 2011 Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall ISBN: 978-0-273-71772-0 Civil Engineering Hydraulics 5th edition Author: Nalluri & Featherstone. . Year: 2009 Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405161954

Transferrable Skills

Design engineering solutions to practical problems (D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (PT) 8.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (PT) 18.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 126.00
Independent Learning (PT) 132.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 35% Closed Book Exam
Course Work 01 n/a 15.00 35% Labratory Report (1000 Words)
Course Work 02 n/a 25.00 35% Group Report - Water Plant Design