SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHF724864
Module Leader Bob Gilmour
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Basic knowledge of Geotechnics and Hydrology

Summary of Content

This module covers the key factors of environmental protection as they influence or affect the working of civil engineers. It looks at the requirements for environmental impact assessment in civil engineering and examines different environmental impact assessments carried out from several proposed construction developments. Areas of conflict between environmental concerns and construction requirements such as air, water and noise pollution are examined and methods of minimising or avoiding these conflicts are covered. Environmental effects such as coastal erosion, earthquakes, scouring and flood effects of rivers are also examined and methods that civil engineers can apply to address these effects are discussed.The design and application of geosynthetics in a range of environments is considered.


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas:- Sustainable construction Potential environmental impacts of construction activities and their significance. Environmental impact assessment, regulations and preparation of environmental statements. Geophysical hazards such as earthquakes. Hydrological hazards including flooding, coastal erosion and scouring. Techniques to minimise the effects of natural geophysical and hydrological hazards. Introduction to Environmental Geotechnology. Introduction to other forms of soil retainment such as geotextiles, anchors, crib walls, sheet piles etc.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:--Appraise potential environmental impacts associated with key construction developments.-Summarise the elements of an environmental impact statement for key construction developments.-Compare alternatives to unacceptable environmental situations produced by man.-Evaluate some of the major impacts on infrastructure by natural forces.-Formulate actions to minimise or avoid these impacts.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be taught by a programme of lectures and tutorials backed up by seminars, guest lecturers and a site visit. 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

Introduction to Environmental Assessment, Glasson, J et al, Routeledge (2005) Environmental Impact Assessment, SNH, www.snh.org.uk Natural Disasters, Alexander D, Nature (1993). Environmental Management in Construction, Griffith A., (1994). Geological Hazards, Bell, F. Spon (2003) Ove Arup Ed. Booth Structures in Earthquake Zones Earthquake Design practice for buildings, Booth, E, eKey, D, Thomas Telford (2006)

Transferrable Skills

Assessment of data from a variety of sources of information Verbal presentation of data to class Preparation of detailed report

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 28.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 126.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 18.00 n/a Report 1500 words
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 70.00 35% Final Exam -  Unseen written examination- 3 Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 12.00 n/a Mid Term Test -  Unseen written examination-1½ Hours