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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5321M Water Supply

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Paul Hutchings

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

CIVE5320MWater Supply

Module replaces

CIVE5038M - Water Resources Management and Supply

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module focuses on the appropriate design, maintenance, operation and management of water supply systems within resource constrained environments, especially in the Global South. The module introduces technical issues related to water supply systems, including on system design and water quality issues. In addition, it includes student-led activities to examine issues related to the management of systems and the maintenance of water safety within drinking water systems.


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, student should be able to…
- Design to pre-feasibility level water supply systems, including in relation to water source development, water treatment and distribution
- Identify and monitor water quality issues within drinking water systems, with special reference to priority biological and chemical contaminants
- Apply decisions on the design, maintenance and operation of drinking water systems to maintain drinking water safety
- Describe the major socio-economic and technical factors that influence the management of drinking water supply schemes in resource constrained environments


- Drinking water quality and chemistry
- Groundwater and principles of hydrogeology
- Pumped water supply networks
- Water distribution network design
- Low cost and conventional water treatment
- Water supply management in resource constrained environments
- Water safety system assessment and management.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours115.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The students will need to conduct independent reading both of given materials and materials that they will need to find themselves. This will support their learning and be an integral part of the project.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored during the module through the project and interaction in lectures. The project work will be assessed and feedback will be given both individually and collectively.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportDesign Exercise Project Report50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

100% online time-limited assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:19:56


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