ENG06035 2019 Environmental Engineering 201H

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Engineering 201H
Transcript Title
Environmental Engineering 201H
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Brian McCann
Programme Membership
SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

Upon successful completion of this module the learner shall be able to identify and describe the main sources of water pollution and wastewater, the principal processes relating to wastewater and drinking water treatment, the fundamentals of the treatment and management of wastewater and water sludge. The learner shall also be able to appraise the principles and technologies associated with renewable energy systems, sustainable engineering and building, and building certification.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify and describe the main sources of water pollution from a range of activities including wastewater treatment effluent, industrial and agricultural discharges, and natural origins.


Define the main types and characteristics of wastewater and wastewater collection and treatment systems, and raw water abstraction, treatment and public supply systems.


Determine the principal processes for drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and the treatment and management of water and wastewater sludge.


Appraise the principles and application of technologies for the production of renewable energy and sustainability in relation to engineering and building planning, design, and practice.


Perform in teams, and individually report the findings of, fundamental tests and analyses of water and wastewater samples to determine water quality and pollution characteristics, water and wastewater treatment parameters, site visits, and case studies of renewable energy and sustainable engineering technologies.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is based on the use of both direct verbal and visual instruction (theory lectures, presentations and laboratory/project briefings), and aural learning by giving instruction and guidance during laboratory practical work, site visits, and project sessions. 

Group interaction and enquiry-based learning is encouraged during practicals and project work, including, where appropriate, project update meetings to review progress and facilitate group discussion and collaboration.

The learning is also supplemented by independent learning with library, on-line and digital resources available for learners to research publications and knowledge for assignments, project work and to complement theory from lectures.

This strategy is accommodated by providing two hours per week of both theory lectures and practical & project work classes.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module is assessed using a blended mix of final semester examination (60%) and laboratory practical, site visit and project reports (40%).

Each learner must achieve a mark of at least 40% to pass the module and meet the learning outcomes.

Assessment of the examination and submitted project reports shall be summative in form. Formative assessment will also be used continuously during the project and report work to guide and provide feedback on progress to the learner.

Group work, where appropriate, is assessed by determining the individual contribution of each learner using group meetings, discussion and feedback. 

Repeat Assessments

Learners must achieve the pass mark of 40% by successfully repeating the final exam, project work or by re-submitting project reports, depending on the failed element.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Water quality and pollution sources. Overview of raw and polluted water characteristics and current Irish and EU standards and Directives. Identification and nature of water pollution sources including domestic, industrial and commercial wastewater discharges, agricultural effluents and storm water run-off.
  2. Wastewater characteristics and quantification. Wastewater collection system characteristics, components and design principles.
  3. Design fundamentals of wastewater treatment plant systems and processes, including preliminary, primary, secondary and tertiary treatment stages.
  4. Raw water sources and quality for abstraction and treatment in public water plants and supplies.
  5. Fundamentals of water treatment plant processes and systems, including coagulation, flocculation, clarification, sand filtration, and disinfection.
  6. Renewable and sustainable energy systems for small and large scale heating and electricity production.
  7. Fundamentals of sustainable development and practice. Global warming and greenhouse gas mitigation.
  8. Sustainable engineering and building practices including requirements of the Building Regulations.
  9. Green building and transport technologies, low and passive energy buildings, green building certification, including LEED and BREAM.

Indicative Practicals and Projects:

  1. Water quality analysis and sampling techniques.
  2. Measurement of turbidity, colour, pH and other organoleptic properties of water.
  3. Water pollution testing and analyses including BOD, COD, suspended solids, nitrate and phosphate measurement.
  4. Wastewater treatment plant parameter testing including activated sludge settleability and condition assessment.
  5. Water treatment "jar tests" to determine optimum coagulant dose to raw water.
  6. Site visit to wastewater treatment plant and report.
  7. Site visit to water treatment plant and report.
  8. Renewable energy case study/fieldwork and report.
  9. Site visit to renewable energy and/or sustainable engineering or green building project.
  10. Green building case study and report.project 




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Laboratory Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Project & Site Visit Reports Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Written Examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % Week 15 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Laboratory Practicals and Project Work 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-04-07 Water Science and Technology, Fourth Edition CRC Press
ISBN 9781351817851 ISBN-13 135181785X

Water has become one of the most important issues of our time intertwined with global warming and population expansion. The management of water supplies and the conservation of water resources remains one of the most challenging yet exciting issues of our time. Water and wastewater treatment technologies are constantly evolving creating an increasingly sustainable industry that is one of the world's largest and most interdisciplinary sectors, employing chemists, microbiologists, botanists, zoologists as well as engineers, computer specialists and a range of different management professionals. This accessible student textbook introduces the reader to the key concepts of water science and technology by explaining the fundamentals of hydrobiology, aquatic ecosystems, water treatment and supply, wastewater treatment and integrated catchment management. This fourth edition is extensively changed throughout, with new coverage of the effects of climate change, environmental assessment, sustainability and the threat to biodiversity. The text serves as a primer for both undergraduate and graduate students in either science or engineering who have an interested in freshwater biology/hydrobiology or environmental engineering. It is also useful as a unified transitional course for those who want to span the traditional areas of engineering, biology, chemistry, microbiology or business. Professionals and consultants will also find the book a useful reference.

Recommended Reading
2013-08-29 Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science: Pearson New International Edition Pearson Higher Ed
ISBN 9781292038179 ISBN-13 1292038179

Appropriate for undergraduate engineering and science courses in Environmental Engineering. Balanced coverage of all the major categories of environmental pollution, with coverage of current topics such as climate change and ozone depletion, risk assessment, indoor air quality, source-reduction and recycling, and groundwater contamination.

Recommended Reading
2018-08-01 Energy for Sustainability, Second Edition Island Press
ISBN 9781610918213 ISBN-13 1610918215

The most comprehensive textbook on this topic,Energy for Sustainability, Second Editiontakes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to help techies and policymakers alike understand the policy and social mechanisms required to enable conversion to efficient and renewable energy that is clean, affordable, and secure. Major revisions to this edition reflect the current changes in technology and energy use and focus on new analyses, data, and methods necessary to understand and actively participate in the transition to sustainable energy. Throughout the book, analytical methods for energy and economic analysis and design give users a quantitative appreciation for and understanding of energy systems. Randolph and Masters use case studies extensively to demonstrate current experience and illustrate possibilities.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

EPA, Wastewater Treatment Manuals, Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Treatment, Environmental Protection Agency, 1995

EPA, Water Treatment Manuals, Environmental Protection Agency, 

Irish Water Codes of Practice, Guidelines and Protocols.

Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 23rd Edition, 2017

E.W. Rice, R.B. Baird, A.D. Eaton, editors

Publisher: American Public Health Association, American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation

Journal Resources


Other Resources

IT Sligo Module Moodle Page

Additional Information