KB6012 - Environmental Engineering

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, such as: environmental impact assessment; environmental risk assessment; water supply engineering; wastewater management; and solid waste 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?

The module will include a range of learning materials such as presentations, notes, seminar questions for you to answer, and other resources such as video links, spreadsheets and specific software-related files. All these resources will be arranged in a convenient learning journey, giving you a clear expectation of the material to be studied and tasks to be completed on a week-by-week basis. You will be expected to complete the appropriate tasks in your weekly journey before either attending classes or taking part in online sessions. You will take part in lectures to develop your knowledge and understanding of the module material and in seminars, where you will learn to apply the concepts learned to civil engineering problems. You will also participate in workshop sessions, where you will discuss the module material and coursework tasks with your tutors and with other students and exercise creativity in developing design solutions. There may be occasions within the semester where normal teaching will be suspended to allow your learning to be supplemented by a range of activities such as design workshops, guest presentations, professional body events, site visits and field work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by staff in seminars and workshops, giving you ample opportunity to ask questions to clarify and deepen your understanding of the module material, as well as to seek specific help, for example with assessment tasks. At other times, you will have regular access to University academic staff online, including the use of discussion boards and chat rooms in the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). This will allow you to access support regularly at convenient times.

The module and the wider programme teams will also provide a supportive approach, enabling you to quickly and easily access and speak to any member of the programme team, as required.

The University Library and other student services also offer a variety of academic skills training both online and face to face, which you can access as needed.

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:
1. Evaluate examples of engineering interventions to improve environmental quality and public health in developed and developing nations.
2. Critique engineering techniques employed for common environmental engineering tasks such as water treatment and the remediation of contaminated land.

Intellectual/Professional Skills and Abilities:
3. Evaluate possible solutions to problems in environmental engineering including relevant ethical considerations.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by means of a coursework task (design report) consisting of maximum 4000 words. You will be required to use your evaluation and critical analysis skills as appropriate to address an environmental problem. This will assess all MLOs and be worth 100% of the module mark.





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. 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 coursework task.

Course info

UCAS Code H201

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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