KB6012 - Environmental Engineering

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you explore the growing global need to protect air, land and water resources from degradation through engineering interventions. A broad subject is distilled down to key topics in the field of environmental engineering including:

environmental sustainability;
public health and wellbeing;
law and policy and how it decides where interventions are demanded;
water supply engineering;
wastewater management;
solid waste management;
contaminated land management and remediation;
air quality management.

Through this exploration, you will grow to appreciate the relationships between environmental management, sustainability, and ultimately public health.

On completion of the module, you have an understanding of how environmental engineering theory and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects in the civil engineering industry and more widely.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars and field visits to operational sites. Many lectures will use a ‘flipped classroom’ approach, where groups of students will carry out research on a topic and make a presentation to the rest of the class. Seminars are delivered by staff and visitors, and allow a more interactive discussion of specific ideas and concerns. Beyond timetabled sessions, your independent study will be guided and supported through your engagement with a range of interactive learning resources accessible on-line via the module eLP site including reading lists.

You will further develop and build your knowledge, understanding and expertise in seminar group discussions and by visiting real world operational sites and seeing what you have been told in lectures actually being delivered in practice. You can engage further with interactive reading lists that are made available via the module’s electronic learning platform (eLP).

Formative feedback opportunities in seminars and via the coursework assignment will consolidate your learning as well as helping to improve your performance in the module assessments.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures are supported by seminars that develop specific themes and are often delivered by visiting lecturers. Case studies offer detailed insight into specific concerns, practical applications of knowledge, etc. Field trips take this further and take place each semester; these provide a practical insight into the taught sessions with you getting to see the activity in reality, not just in theory; for example, when studying waste/resource management trips might include a municipal recovery facility (MRF) and incinerator, and for water and wastewater management trips include water treatment and sewage treatment sites.

Small group work is supported with students asked to contribute their research, knowledge and experience to lectures discussions whilst interacting closely with teaching staff.

Teaching materials are supported by on-line resources available via the module eLP site. These resources include an interactive reading list with on-line access to a number of key articles and aligned with your weekly lecture programme. Timely feedback from classroom- based interactions, as well as formal feedback from coursework marking, serves to reinforce your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge and Understanding:

• MLO1: Evaluate examples of engineering interventions to improve environmental quality and public health in developed and developing nations.

• MLO2: Critique engineering techniques employed for common environmental engineering tasks such as water treatment and the remediation of contaminated land.

Intellectual/Professional Skills and Abilities

• MLO3: Evaluate possible solutions to problems in environmental engineering including relevant ethical considerations.

How will I be assessed?

The field trip report (1000 words) summarizes learning from the series of field trips associated with this module. You will be asked to report your learning from all but one of the field trips required to be undertaken (MLO1 in part)

A two hour examination provides summative assessment at the end of the module (MLOs 1 to 3)





Module abstract

Environmental Engineering is about people and their health, and how science and engineering knowledge can intervene to prevent disease spread and promote wellbeing and public health. We discuss key issues in environmental engineering with examples taken from historical and contemporary practice to illustrate points. Working with others, including charities delivering public health water and sanitation projects in the developing world, you will gain an understanding of the principles underpinning established, often large, infrastructure, as well as smaller projects. You are expected to undertake your own research, guided by taught materials, to form opinions and to reflect on situations, and you are expected to contribute to classes by participating in group presentations on different aspects of the course.

Assessment is by means of a field trip report and examination.

presentationsYou will undertake a series of field trips (which are compulsory) to relevant sites such as incinerators or water treatment plants, and will write a concise but reflective report covering these. This encourages you to concentrate and take appropriate notes during the field visits. The exam will address the whole syllabus and ensures your learning is cemented across all the topics studied.

Course info

UCAS Code H200

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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