SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHF724600
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Engineering and Built Environment
Subject School of Engineering and Built Environment
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This subject covers the various sources and characterisation of municipal solid wastes and the on-site/off-site processing of the waste, and the disposal methods. The student is expected to know about the various effects and disposal options for the municipal solid waste.


Introduction to solid waste management Sources and types of solid wastes - Quantity - factors affecting generation of solid wastes; characteristics - methods of sampling and characterization; Effects of improper disposal of solid wastes - public health effects. -2386 On-site storage and processing On-site storage methods - materials used for containers - on-site segregation of solid wastes -public health & economic aspects of storage - options under Oman conditions. Collection and transfer Methods of Collection - types of vehicles - Manpower requirement - collection routes; transfer stations - selection of location, operation & maintenance; options under Oman conditions. -2026 -2296 Off-site processing: -46 Processing techniques and Equipment; Resource recovery from solid wastes - composting, incineration, Pyrolysis - options under Oman conditions. -2386 Disposal: Dumping of solid waste; sanitary landfills - site selection, design and operation of sanitary landfills - Leachate collection and treatment

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:" Identify and discuss the public health, regulatory, planning, technical, and economic principles that influence the solid waste management system within Oman. [A2, A3]" Describe appropriate methods to minimize the impact to the public's health from solid waste related activities. [B1, B2, B5]" Analyse the importance of an integrated solid waste handling system - including source reduction, recycling and reuse, composting, landfilling and combustion. [C1, C2, C3, C6]" Develop a more informed opinion on a variety of solid waste related issues.[D1, D3, D4, D6]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will concentrate on principles and students will be expected to undertake significant private study and group discussions based on some case studies. Project work will be a mix of individual work and presentations.

Indicative Reading

George, (1993) ' Integrated Solid Waste Management ', McGraw-Hill Publishers. P. AarneVesilind, William Worrell, and Debra Reinhart, (2002), ' Solid Waste Engineering ',Brooks/Cole Websites EPA Office of Solid Waste <> Washington State Department of Ecology - Solid Waste and Financial Assistance <>

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy Communication and Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assessment consists of reprt of 2000 words solid waste management and its context in Oman weighting 30%.
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen written 1-1/2 Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written 2 Hours