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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5055M Engineering for Public Health

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Paul Hutchings

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

CIVE5054MEngineering for Public Health

Module replaces

CIVE5035M - Engineering for Public Health

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module focuses on the appropriate use of technologies to address real-life WASH-related challenges in rural and urban areas in the global south. The module will be student-led and comprises a series of student-led seminars.


This module introduces the technical responses to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)-related development challenges. It aims to equip the student with outline information about the range of technologies that can be used to provide water supply, sanitation and hygiene services in rural and urban areas of the global south.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Design to pre-feasibility level sanitation facilities and simple collection technologies, considering sustainability and social context;
2. Select appropriate water supply distribution elements and water treatment for use in areas with high rates of chemical and biological contaminants, considering sustainability and social context
3. Understand the environmental classification of diseases including excreta and water related disease
4. Understand the social, cultural and environmental issues associated with menstrual health and hygiene;
5. Select and describe feasible technical and social arrangements for delivery of WASH services;
6. Understand current practice and emerging trends in WASH technologies, services and behaviour change techniques
7. Exhibit a high level of professional and ethical conduct in presenting WASH issues.

Skills outcomes
- Design appropriate on-site and simple off-site sanitation systems;
- select appropriate water supply systems;
- assess the use of various WASH behaviour change techniques according to context
- public speaking;
- presentations;
- workshop design and delivery.”


Understanding health data and designing appropriate responses based on: Environmental classification of diseases, excreta and water related disease; onsite sanitation (pit latrines, VIPs, septic tanks); decentralised wastewater treatment (DEWATS); condominial sewerage; water source development; menstrual health and hygiene; simple mechanical lifting devices; household water treatment; WASH behaviour change; international targets, indicators and monitoring frameworks and their relationship to project designs; WASH linkages to nutrition and disability.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours110.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Prepartion for seminars;
Background reading

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminar – oral feedback will be given on the day of students’ seminar, with written feedback to follow.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Tutorial Performance.20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Re-sit - 100% online time-limited assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment5 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Re-sit - 100% online time-limited assessment

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2022 14:44:31


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