SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH223251
Module Leader Slobodan Mickovski
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module will explore the fundamental concepts associated with water resources engineering and management. Starting with the geo-climatic aspects of water, this module will focus on problems of managing the water resources in a changing climate and engineering sustainable solutions, with an overview of risk, health and safety, and economics of the design and management process.


Introduction to water as a multi-dimensional resource in a changing climate: basic geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, hydraulics Water resources assessment - hydrological and hydrogeological modelling. Drought management: reservoir storage and yield Flood management: risks, analysis, engineering solutions and mitigation Stormwater management: rainfall hydrology, effects of catchment development, erosion, sediment transportation, SUDs, green roofs. Groundwater management: sources, exploitation, protection Water use facilities: -360 o Domestic/ urban use (water supply, and treatment plants), o Industry use (dams and reservoirs, pipelines, canals, environmental structures, weirs, spillways), o Agricultural use (irrigation, channels). Planning, economics and administration of water projects

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Develop comprehensive understanding of the origins of the water resources and the processes associated with water resource migration through the natural and built environment.2. Understand the fundamental principles of different water resource engineering and management solutions and critically assess their applicability in different situations.3. Understand the modelling and design process and participate in a problem solving approach associated with it.4. Identify, appreciate, and critically appraise the risks involved in the engineering and management of the water resources.5. Develop an appreciation of the fundamental aspects of the engineering design and construction, as well as the health and safety aspects of the design and construction process.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered using a programme of teaching designed to provide a comprehensive and holistic view of the subject area. There will be a three week block for module delivery where learning content will be delivered through lectures in the first week. Seminars and tutorials will then be used in the remaining two weeks to present case studies that will encourage the consolidation of knowledge and understanding of key module topics. Guest speakers from the water resource engineering and management industry will be invited to deliver specialist topics. Students will be directed to high quality online learning resources and links to these will be embedded within module materials in the Virtual Learning Environment.

Indicative Reading

Stephenson D 2003 Water Resources Management Grafton RQ and Hussey K. 2011. Water resources planning and management Sayers PB 2012 Flood Risk - planning, gdesign and management of flood defence infrastructure Chin DA 2013. Water-resources engineering Hlavinek P 2006 Integrated urban water resources management Mays 2010 Water Resources engineering 2 nd ed Lenton R and Muller M 2009 Integrated water resources management in practice Hall MJ, Hockin, DL and Ellis JB 1993 Design of flood storage reservoirs Linsley RK and Franzini JB 1992 Water-resources engineering Hall WA and Dracup JA1970 Water resources systems engineering Kuiper E 1965 Water resources development: planning, engineering and economics Stokes A et al. 2008. Slope Stability and Erosion Control - ecotechnological solutions Carmichael D 2014 Problem solving for engineers Journals: Water Resources Management, Springer Water Resources, Springer Advances in Water Resources, ScienceDirect

Transferrable Skills

There will be a range of transferrable skills developed in this module including graduate attributes to help students become 21 st century global citizen equipped with the necessary skills, confidence and experience to achieve their life ambitions. As part of the assessment process, students will be given the opportunity to improve their communication skills through technical report writing and presentations. An ability to listen and present ideas confidently and appropriately will be developed. Students will be required to retrieve information and critically evaluate data showing an ability to work both independently and in teams where appropriate. Throughout the module they will be encouraged to take charge of their learning and career development. -360

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 16.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00
Seminars (PT) 5.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 90.00
Practicals (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 60.00
Tutorials (PT) 7.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Written technical report and poster/oral presentation (2000 words)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Written research report (2000 words)