Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None.
Tied to H1KB09


  • As specified in Programme Regulations


  • As specified in Programme Regulations

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in Programme Regulations


  • This module is designed solely for students studying Department of Engineering degree programmes.
  • To introduce and explain sustainability in addition to examining sources of pollution
  • To provide the fundamental scientific principles affecting pollutant fate
  • To enable development and understanding of site investigation techniques
  • To enable planning of a site investigation and write a Phase 1 report.
  • To develop an appreciation of hydraulics of open channel/pipe flow.


  • Polluted Environments and Sustainability.
  • Site Investigation.
  • Civil Engineering Hydraulics

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understand the role of engineer in achieving sustainable development;
  • Obtain knowledge of composition of different waste streams;
  • Understand how natural processes remediate polluted environments;
  • Obtain and knowledge of soil and water treatment methods;
  • Knowledge of site investigation techniques and their applications;
  • Ability to recognise and analyse a range of flow conditions in open channels and pipes.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • To critically analyse, evaluate and interpret environmental engineering data;
  • To apply engineering principles to the solution of a specific and complex environmental engineering problem;
  • The ability to devise a preliminary site investigation programme for a variety of engineering structures;
  • To analyse flow discharge in open-channel flow problems;
  • To predict energy and power with hydraulic system;
  • The ability to design open channels to carry specified flows.
Key Skills:
  • Numerical skills appropriate to an engineer.
  • General problem solving skills that can be applied in a novel context.
  • Capacity for self-learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations.
  • Proficient use of IT relevant to the engineering profession.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Students are able to make use of staff Office Hours to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one to one basis. These are sign-up sessions available for up to one hour per week.
  • Coursework element is a summatively assessed written report in site investigation based on a field trip to a contaminated land site.
  • All lecture courses contain mathematical problems to be solved in class with answers put on duo after the class. Polluted environments contains a formatively assessed debate in the final session where students debate sustainability issues.
  • Polluted Environments and Sustainability and Civil Engineering Hydrauics lecture courses are assessed via a written examination which enables each student to demonstrate an ability to analyse, discuss and solve new problems.
  • A formative laboratory program develops practical laboratory skills and supports the module’s lecture material.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Polluted Environments lectures 18 2 per week 1 hour 18
Site Investigation lectures 9 1 per week 1 hour 9
Civil Engineering Hydraulics lectures 10 1 per week 1 hour 10
Field Trip 1 5 hours 5
Revision seminars 2 1 hour 2
Laboratories 3 Typically 1 per week 3 hours 9
Tutorial Hours as required weekly sign-up sessions up to 1 hour 8
Preparation and reading 139
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Environmental Engineering 3 2 hours 100% Yes
Component: Continuous Assessment Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Report on site investigation field trip 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Problem Sheets, class debate and on-line DUO discussion forum for lecture courses.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University