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Unit information: Water Resources Engineering in 2021/22

Unit name Water Resources Engineering
Unit code CENGM0024
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Pianosi
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

In this unit students will develop a systematic understanding of water resources and water and wastewater treatment systems, in particular, concentrating on the issues affecting water resource allocation, development, utilisation, protection and abstraction control.

The unit also covers water treatment: specifically the design, selection and operation of treatment processes to produce potable water to meet drinking water quality standards; and wastewater treatment: providing the skills necessary for the selection and design of systems for the treatment of wastewaters and associated by-products.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit successful students will be able to:

O4.1 describe and appraise current procedures for water resources management and suggest improvements;

O4.2 critically evaluate alternative proposals and designs for the treatment of raw water to meet potable water quality standards;

O4.3 critically evaluate alternative proposals and designs for wastewater treatment and sludge treatment systems to meet environmental standards;

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

The Unit will be assessed by 100% coursework consisting of a written report covering key concepts taught in the unit, but also requiring further reading and research, and some numerical exercises to be solved in Matlab. Opportunities for formative feedback on the numerical components of the assessment will be provided.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.