2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CIVE5575M Groundwater Pollution and Contaminated Land
15 creditsClass Size: 75
Module manager: Dr. Xiaohui Chen
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is mutually exclusive with
|Groundwater Pollution and Contaminated Land
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module is about engineering responses to complex groundwater and soil pollution. The module has a particular focus on appropriate understanding of interactions between soils/groundwater/pollutants. It will also cover the link between engineering, earth science, environmental management and sustainable development.
ObjectivesThis module aims to equip students with state-of-the-art information and knowledge relating to the effective treatment of groundwater pollution and contaminated lands.
Upon completion of the module students will:
1. A comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles in groundwater pollution and contaminated land, including hydrogeology, geochemistry and mineralogy.
2. A critical awareness of groundwater pollution and contaminated land across the world, especially in many developing countries, informed by the forefront of the specialization. Understanding the source of pollution to groundwater and soils, and significance and seriousness of groundwater pollution and contaminated land.
3. Understanding of concepts relevant to groundwater pollution and contaminated land, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively, including in engineering projects within the field.
4. Ability both to apply groundwater pollution modelling analysis for solving complex problem in engineering and to assess their limitations. Ability to use the fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies in soils/groundwater restoration. Ability to collect and analyse research data and use appropriate engineering tools to tackle new scenario of pollutions.
5. Knowledge, understanding and skills to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and where appropriate, use theoretical and modelling (e.g. using PHREEQC) research to mitigate deficiencies.
6. Awareness of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in groundwater pollution and contaminated land. Awareness that engineering activities should promote sustainable development (especially for water and soils) and ability to apply quantitative techniques (e.g. numerical modelling) where appropriate.
7. Advanced level knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials (e.g. cement or soils) and components (minerals, e.g. Quartz or K-feldspar), and understand the complexity of chemical transport within such porous media. A thorough understanding of current practice, especially in modelling, and its limitations, and some appreciation of likely new developments (e.g. coupled modelling).
8. Apply their skills in problem-solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others, and the effective use of general IT facilities. Be able to develop use/develop restoration methods for a real case study, and have an awareness of state-of-the-art knowledge and knowledge sources relating to contaminated lands, nuclear waste disposal and sustainable development.
Pollution and contaminated lands modelling and experiment.
Definition of minerals, soils, groundwater and pollutants; typical conditions in groundwater pollution; assessing the public health risks associated with groundwater pollution and soil pollution; Effective delivery approaches for restoration; modelling of groundwater pollution.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyThe assignment for this course is to assess a case study of a real-groundwater/soil pollution case or sludge contaminated land, and approrpriate engineering responses. The assignment will be carried out in two parts, the first part in a group to facilitate group work and collective decision making, and the second part as an individual producing a report and set of recommendations. This will require extensive criticial background reading on the specific case study as well as the general technical literature.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress is monitored during the delivery of the module by the use of example sheets, which they are encouraged to attempt. Practical ability is monitored both by reviewing the booking sheets completed by the students during the group project sessions and by assessments of their ability to use software during the modelling work.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Literature and Design: Develop a method for restoration of contaminated lands
|Using software to develop a pollution transport model
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Resubmission of the project report and using software to develop a pollution transport model (100%)
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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