SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHF720126
Module Leader Bob Gilmour
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The regulatory framework surrounding waste management and contaminated land is outlined and the administrative responsibilities highlighted. Types and volumes of solid waste from household, commercial and industrial producers are identified and methods of waste minimisation are discussed. Construction industry waste management and waste to energy schemes are examined and alternative modern waste management options including recycling and incineration are considered. Environmental and health impacts associated with waste management activities and contaminated land are investigated. The importance of landfill is highlighted and methods of landfill operation and environmental monitoring are detailed. Methods for the rehabilitation of closed landfills and other contaminated land are examined.


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas:- Waste management. Composition, sources and properties of solid waste. Collection and transfer operations. Waste processing including waste minimisation and recycling. Waste disposal by incineration, landfill and other waste treatment systems. Restoration and rehabilitation of closed landfill and other contaminated land.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:-1. Understand the principles of modern waste management and explain the options available for solid waste disposal. (A1, A2, A7)2. Comprehend the key legislation and regulations relating to waste management and contaminated land. (A4,A8)3. Recognise the environmental impacts related to different types of waste management and contaminated land and the importance of impact minimisation. (A1, A2, A3, C3)4. Evaluate and initially assess the requirements for monitoring a landfill site and prepare a technical report. (B2, C1, C2, C4) 5. Assess the main techniques for restoration of contaminated land. (D2, D3)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. This module will be taught by a programme of lectures and tutorials supported by seminars, guest lecturers and a site visit.

Indicative Reading

"Integrated Solid Waste Management", T Chobanoglous, McGraw Hill, (1993) "Introduction to Environmental Engineering", Davis M. L., and Cornwell D. A., McGraw-Hill (1991). "Waste Treatment and Disposal, Paul T Williams, Wiley, (1994) "Guidance on monitoring landfill hassurface emissions" Environment Agency (2003) "Guidance on monitoring of leachate, ground water and surface water, Environment Agency (2003) " National Waste Plan, Scotland" (2003) SEPA "Environmental and Health Impacts of Solid Waste Management activities" Harrison, R.M, R.S.C (2002) www.contaminated-land.org

Transferrable Skills

Assessment of data from a variety of sources of information (D3, D9) Verbal presentation of data to class (D2) Preparation of detailed report (C1, D1, D10)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Final Examination
Coursework 0.00 15.00 n/a Presentation
Coursework 0.00 15.00 n/a Report