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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5050M The Management of WASH Projects

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Paul Hutchings

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

CIVE5035M - Engineering for Public Health

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module takes a holistic problem-solving approach that relates potential WASH engineering interventions to real-life public health challenges. The module will be taught primarily from the perspective of real incidence of diseases in the Global South, with an emphasis on the practical design and implementation of programmes.


This module aims to equip students with the skills to select and design appropriate programmatic responses to prevailing public health challenges, including a range of engineering and subsidiary interventions. The module has a particular focus on environmental health in developing countries and therefore places emphasis on typical health challenges such as epidemic outbreaks of cholera, endemic diarrhoea, the particular public health challenges of complex emergencies and the long term delivery and management of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. understand and interpret public health, social, policy and economic data relevant to WASH (e.g. faeco-oral disease; water-related disease);
2. select appropriate engineering and associated responses (e.g. policy reform, behaviour change programmes) to address prevailing public health problems;
3. understand the requirements for designing public health responses taking into account technical, social, institutional, and financial issues;
4. understand the global institutions involved in WASH, their history and future trends;
5. assess project and programme outcomes and evaluate progress;
6. exhibit a high level of professional and ethical conduct in designing public health engineering programmes

Skills outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand and be able to interpret health, social, policy and economic data relevant to WASH, in order to identify appropriate public health engineering interventions;
- understand risk and safety, identify trade-offs and make judgements regarding cost-effective interventions and their potential benefits;
- understand practical ways to respond to typical public health challenges with appropriate WASH responses;
- collect and analyse data, or make appropriate judgements where information is incomplete or uncertain, to design public health engineering programmes that improve WASH;
- be able to prepare logical frames and Terms of Reference for projects aimed at improving WASH;
- know how to assess demand, price interventions and establish user fees and other financing tools.


Designing appropriate programmatic responses based on knowledge acquired in CIVE5055 lectures (environmental classification of diseases; major WASH related diseases and their modes of transmission; environmental microbiology for use in design and management of public health engineering interventions; understanding and interpreting health risks and making trade-off's between interventions on the basis of costs and benefits; the management of endemic excreta-related diseases; public health management in complex emergencies); management of water-related diseases; management of urban sanitation; assessing demand, costing and pricing interventions; international institutions, targets, and incentives; equity in WASH programmes; project planning and tendering; formative research methods.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours123.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Background reading

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Coursework assignments - written feedback with the returned coursework via the VLE.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectAssignment (in 2 parts)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 29/04/2022 15:30:28


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