SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHF725190
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 percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" , is 67%. Work Based Assessment is 15%.


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:-Knowledge, Understanding and Practical Application of Theory1. Critically evaluate the principles of modern waste management and explain the options available for solid waste disposal. (A1, A2, A7)2. Comprehend and critically evaluate the key legislation and regulations relating to waste management and contaminated land. (A6, A7)3. Carry out critical risk analysis of the environmental impacts related to different types of waste management and contaminated land and the importance of impact minimisation. (B7, B9, C4, C5, C6, C7, D1, D4)4. Critically evaluate and initially assess the requirements for monitoring a landfill site and prepare a technical report. (A5, A6, B4, B7, B9, D1, D4) 5. Assess and critically analyse the main techniques for restoration of contaminated land. (A1, A4)Mapped to SDS-GA LTOs: 1.1-1.5, 1.7, 2.1-2.3, 4.1-4.6, 5.1-5.4

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. Work Based Learning that will complement this module will be agreed with each employer and be reflected in the Individual Apprentice Learning Plan for the year.

Indicative Reading

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

Transferrable Skills

Assessment of data from a variety of sources of information (B11) Verbal presentation of data to class (D4) Preparation of detailed report (D1, D2, B10, E1, E2) Mapped to SDS-GA LTOs: 2.1-2.3, 4.1-4.6, 5.1-5.4

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 0.00 15.00 35% Presentation week 6B
Coursework 2 0.00 15.00 35% WBL - Report week 10B
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Final Examination week 14B