Environmental Engineering

Module aims

This module aims to provide knowledge and skills in the design of drinking water supply and treatment works, wastewater collection and treatment systems, and waste and resource management. Understanding of the basic principles will be supplemented, where appropriate, by practical problem solving exercises in the context of civil engineering.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the basic design principles for drinking water treatment and distribution.
  • Understand and apply the basic design principles for wastewater and stormwater collection and treatment.
  • Understand and apply the basic sustainability principles behind waste management for solving practical waste management challenges.

Module syllabus




Lecture 01 

Introduction to Water and Wastewater Treatment 

Professor M. Templeton / Dr P-H Lee 

Lecture 02 

Waste & Resource Management 

Professor S. Grimes 

Lecture 03 

Waste & Resource Management 

Professor S. Grimes 

Lecture 04 

Waste & Resource Management / Radioactive Waste Management 

Professor S. Grimes /     Dr J. Lawrence 

Lecture 05 

Coagulation, Flocculation and Sedimentation 

Professor M. Templeton 

Lecture 06 

Sedimentation and Filtration 

Professor M. Templeton 

Lecture 07 

Filtration and Disinfection 

Professor M. Templeton 

Lecture 08 

Water Distribution Networks 

Dr I. Stoianov 

Lecture 09 

Stormwater and Wastewater Collection  

Dr P-H Lee 

Lecture 10 

Biological Treatment and Sludge Treatment 

Dr P-H Lee / Professor S. Smith 

Please note that the order of lectures is subject to change, depending on staff availability. 

  • Water sources; water demand; global water perspective; drinking water quality standards; drinking water treatment, including: coagulation; flocculation; sedimentation; filtration; disinfection; water distribution networks. 
  • Wastewater effluent quality standards; impacts of wastewater on receiving waters; global sanitation perspective; stormwater drainage; wastewater quantities and collection systems; wastewater treatment, including: water quality tests/standards; sedimentation; aerobic biological oxidation, including introductory kinetics and reactor design, activated sludge, trickling filters; nutrient removal; sludge treatment and energy recovery. 
  • Waste and resource management: the definition of waste, its classification in the context of EU legislation, policy and strategy, waste treatment options including – disposal to landfill, incineration (energy from waste), alternative thermal and biological treatment technologies, concepts of  reuse, recycling, and resource recovery, and the future of waste as a resource. Introduction to radioactive waste management. 

Teaching methods

This module is delivered through lectures and, where appropriate, practical problem-solving exercises.


60% examination on drinking water/wastewater topics; 25% short essay coursework on waste and resource management set by Professor Sue Grimes; 15% ‘flipped classroom’ in-class group problems on drinking water treatment set by Professor Michael Templeton. 

Reading list

Module leaders

Professor Michael Templeton