SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 8.00
ECTS Credit Points 4.00
Module Code MMH226593
Module Leader Rohinton Emmanuel
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The Urban Soil remediation course will give the opportunity to assess potential contaminants and remediation techniques in urban environment.


Topics covered include: -720 Introduction Principles of environmental edaphology C ontaminated soil diagnosis and declaration D ynamics of pollutants in the soil system T ransfer of contaminants in the soil-plant system T reatment and remediation of contaminated soils Case studies of soil pollution and remediation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Understand, critically analyse and synthesize scientific-technical information on soil contamination and remediation.2. Carry out on-site data collection for the characterization of contaminated soils and the design of possible remediation measures.3. Obtain an understanding of the conceptual and methodological bases for conducting high-quality investigations in urban soils remediation.4. Have the ability to assess remediation policies at international, national and local level.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module, delivered by MUrCS Project Partner (UHU, Spain) consists of a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, seminars and case studies, as well as guest lectures by UHU staff. Students will develop the practical skills through site visits, field work, tutorial exercises, case studies, in-class presentations and reports.

Indicative Reading

-360 Bullock P. & Gregory P.J. 1991. Soils in the Urban Environment. Blackwell Scientific Publications. ISBN: 9780632029884. DOI: <https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444310603> Chesworth W. 2008. Encyclopedia of Soil Science. Springer. ISBN: 978-1-4020-3994-2 Hazelton P. & Murphy B. 2011. Understanding Soils in Urban Environments. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN: 9780643091740. Link: <https://www.publish.csiro.au/book/6420/> Huang P.M., Li Y. & Sumner M.E. 2012. Handbook of Soil Sciences. Properties and Processes. 2nd Ed. CRC Press. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0306-6

Transferrable Skills

-360 Communicating effectively in appropriate formats, including among peers and with external agencies Applying appropriate analytical skills (including mathematical methods); Using effectively a wide range of laboratory, IT and other software tools, including general software and specialist packages Demonstrating a professional approach to time-management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 26.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 45% Case study writing essay, 4000 words
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 45% Fieldwork report, 4000 words