SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH125188
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Relevant mathematics Fluid Mechanics Hydraulics

Summary of Content

The principles of water resource management and water sensitive urban design will be explored. The role of water conservation, reclamation and reuse will be introduced, along with emerging measures that are being used to deploy these techniques. Blue and green water resources will be studied in light of climate change and adaptation requirements that will ensure sustainable water resources in future. The hydraulic design of reservoirs, which can be used for potable water storage will be considered, along with demand, yield and safe yields. Flood control and reuse water storage reservoirs and distribution systems will also be designed. The water treatment benefits of reservoirs will also be introduced. Concepts of flood, biodiversity and climate change resilience; and designing for these, will be investigated in both urban, river and coastal environs. Key EU/UK water regulations will be introduced and the role of a range of stakeholders in implementing these will be considered. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" , is 66%. Work Based Assessment is 40%.


Introduction to water resource management -360b7 Potable water conservation b7 Minimisation of wastewater b7 Stormwater quantity and quality management Water resource planning and water sensitive urban design Links to sustainability -360b7 Blue water, green water and the economy Introduction to water sensitive design b7 Preserving natural hydrological regime of catchment Introduction to water resource management -360b7 Water storage and distribution b7 Reservoir sizing to meet demand b7 Primary uses: mass diagrams, demand, reservoir yield, etc Construction in the vicinity of watercourses -360b7 Coastal and river erosion b7 Flood protection in urban, river and coastal environments b7 Designing with geosynthetics b7 Designing with vegetation and landscaping Role of water conservation, reclamation and reuse Reducing potable demand and minimising wastewater generation Water conservation measures -360b7 In buildings b7 Rainwater capture Water quality assessment and reliability of water supply for reuse Water Reuse -360b7 Location, demand, distribution networks and optimisation b7 Pipeline and pump design criteria for reuse applications b7 Infrastructure and environmental considerations b7 Engineering issues in water reclamation and reuse planning b7 Design of reuse systems b7 Planning issues b7 Public perception, engagement and risk behaviour Climate change, flooding and drought Public health risks -360b7 Flood b7 Drought b7 Climate change impacts Planning issues and EIA Assessing flood risk Resilience of buildings to flood Impact of flood and drought on buildings and public health SUDS and their design/different scenarios (visit to White Cart flood prevention scheme?) River basin management and regulation Water Framework Directive/CAR requirements Impact of required environmental water quality on: -1014b7 Water companies, industry and treatment methods b7 Urban development and urban stormwater management b7 Inset arrangements b7 Carbon Reduction Commitment and water/wastewater treatment Impact of climate change Biodiversity and habitats

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of real world concepts of water resource management and water sensitive design and their complexities in the context of global climate change impacts (A1, A2, A3, A6, A7, B7, B9, B10, B11, C4)2. Critical analysis of the risks of flood, drought and climate change to human health, economic development and the green water environment (A7, B4, B7, C4)3. Critically analyse SUDS techniques and how to apply them on a site, taking into account EIA and planning issues (A2, B7, B9)4. Demonstrate practical design and application of appropriate SUDs (A1, A2, A6. B9. C4, E3, E7)Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills5. Critically analyse reservoir supply and demand and SUDS (A2, B7, B9)6. Determine yield from water sources and apply them to reservoir design (A1, A2, A6, B9, C4, E3, E7)7. Carry out detailed design of water reuse, flood storage and distribution systems (A1, A2, A6, B9, C4, E3, E7)8. Design in detail flood protection rivers (A1, A2, A6, B9, C4, E3, E7)9. Critically assess the impacts of coastal and river erosion on water systems (A2, B7, B9) 10. Design and critically evaluate geosynthetics and vegetation for flood protection and alleviation (A1, A2, A6, B9, c4, E3, E7)11.Critically understand and analyse the impacts of key water regulations upon civil engineering design and the role of stakeholders in implementing them (A6, A7, B7, C4, C6)12. Understand the water industry context and role, water inset and other commercial strategies that can cope with drought and flood scenarios (A6, A7, B7, C4, C6, C7)Mapped to SDS-GA LTOs:: 1.1-1.5, 1.7, 2.1-2.3, 4.1-4.6, 5.1

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will be mainly by lectures with supporting tutorials and practical classes. Practical classes will consist of laboratories, computer sessions and/or 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. 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

Fluid Mechanics, 7 th edition Author: Douglas, Gasiorek, Swaffield and Jack Year: 2015 Publisher@ Pearson Prentice Hall ISBN: Civil Engineering Hydraulics, 5 th edition Author: Nalluri and Featherstone Year: 2009 Publisher: Winery-Blackwell ISBN: 978-1405-161954 Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector Author: Ludwig, Kabat and van Schaik Year: 2009 Publisher: Earthscan ISBN: 978-18-4407-6529 Global Warming - the complete briefing, 4 th edition Author: Houghton, J Year : 2009 Publisher: Cambridge University press ISBN: 978-0-521-70916-3 Water Ethics Author: (ed) Brown and Schmidt Year: 2010 Publisher: Island Press ISBN: 978-1-59726-565-2 Water Resource Planning and Management Author: (ed) Grafton and Hussey Year: 2011 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978-0-51197-430-4 Coastal Engineering. Processes, Theory and Design Practice Author: Reeve, Chadwick and Fleming Year: 2004 Publisher: Spons Press ISBN: 0-415-26841-9 Designing with geosynthetics, 4 th edition Author: Koerner, R.M Year: 1997 Publisher: Prentice Hall ISBN: 0-13-726175-6 Principles of Foundation Engineering Author: Das, B.M Year: 2011 Publisher: CEngage Learning ISBN: 978-0-495-66812-1 Learning to Live with Rivers Author: ICE Report No Year: Latest on-line edition Publisher: ICE ISBN: 0-7277-31041 Vegetation in Civil Landscape Engineering Author: Bache and MacAskill Year: Latest on-line edition Publisher: Harper Collins ISBN: 978-0-24611-5072 CIRIA Handbook - SUDS guide Living with rivers, ICE Guide White Cart Flood Alleviation Scheme - Environmental Statement Flood Risk Management Act 2009 . Delivering Sustainable Flood Risk Management, The Scottish Government 2011 Regulatory Method (WAT RM-08) Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, SEPA, 2010

Transferrable Skills

Design engineering solutions to practical problems (B1-B6) Mapped to SDS-GA LTOs: 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 4.1-4.6

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 35% Closed book exam week14A
Coursework 2 n/a 20.00 35% WBL - Report - Design flood systems week 11A
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 35% WBL - Report - water management week 6A