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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5535M Advanced Wastewater Management

15 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Dr Mohsen Besharat

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

CIVE5534MAdvanced Wastewater Management

Module replaces

CIVE5532M - Wastewater and Organic Waste Management

This module is not approved as an Elective


To enable students gain deeper insights into engineering processes and systems for
wastewater management, including energy and resource recovery; and apply knowledge gained
to a real-world problem culminating in the submission of a design coursework. The topics
below are now being refreshed or newly introduced and included in the module. The
revised module reinforces the basic understanding of the design and operation of
processes and systems for wastewater treatment. In particular, it places emphasis on
the biological aspects. Furthermore, it provides an introduction to recent developments and
more advanced techniques in wastewater engineering. The students will develop deeper
knowledge of the principles involved (physical, chemical and biological) in wastewater assessment and treatment. An engineering case based problem is also being re-introduced, and
this will be complimented with laboratory analysis.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, the students will:
1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt these to unfamiliar situations.
2. Ability to generate an innovative design of a wastewater treatment system.
3. Ability to apply appropriate engineering analysis methods to solve complex problems
4. Gain deeper insights into engineering processes and systems for wastewater management;
5. Understand opportunities offered from recovering and recycling of wastes;
6. Be able to select and size the key unit operations for wastewater treatment facilities;
7. Estimate energy value of wastes; and understand energy and resource recovery from wastewater;
8. Apply knowledge gained in lectures, site visit and general reading to a real world problem which will require submission of a design coursework.
9. Gain experience of working as part of an engineering team and demonstrate a high level of initiative and responsibility.


• EU Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and Fresh Water Fisheries Directive
• Wastewater collection systems; Flow and load to the treatment works and its
• Chemical, physical and biological processes relevant to design and operation of
treatment processes in wastewater engineering.
• Systems and pre-treatment
• Clarification processes and their applications
• Design and operation of primary sedimentation tanks and final sedimentation
• Filtration design and practice
• Membrane processes
• Sludge production, properties,treatment and disposal
• Attached growth processes - Principles and application of biofilm processes
• Suspended growth processes - Principles, design and operation
• Suspended growth processes - microbial community, metabolism,
thermodynamics, growth kinetics and mass balances
• Microbes measurement
• Extensive systems for wastewater treatment such as reed beds/constructed
• Advanced biological wastewater treatment
• Biological nutrient removal
• Anaerobic processes
• Energy and resource recovery
• Disinfection principles and key issues

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours70.00
Total Contact hours80.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This is a highly interactive module with a lot of real-life examples and engineering problem
case based studies embedded. These give opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectProject Report30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Students must obtain 50% in each assessment type to pass the module. Students will be required to re-sit or resubmit any element in which they obtain less than 50%.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 3 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Students must obtain 50% in each assessment type to pass the module. Students will be required to re-sit or resubmit any element in which they obtain less than 50%.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:56


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