Module Title:Environmental Engineering I
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures 60 hours; Project work 30 hours; Practicals / Site visits 30 hours; Private study 90 hours
Module Aim: The aims of this module are: to develop a general appreciation of environmental issues and their vulnerability to engineering development projects; to develop an understanding of basic scientific principles associated with water, wastewater and soil; to develop the skills required to collect and process relevant data; to develop the skills required to write engineering reports; to prepare the student for further study in the area of environmental engineering, where basic principles can be applied in a practical way to protect our environment
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Understand the legal definition of the environment and the legislative framework that influences engineering practice
LO2 Understand the basis for water demand assessment and be able to determine water demand for a proposed development
LO3 Be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of different water sources and be able to undertake a basic desk study to determine source potential
LO4 Understand the basics of water quality testing and potable water treatment.
LO5 Understand how waste is characterised and have a basic understanding of the options for waste management
LO6 Understand the principles of landfill design and operation and be able to manage or participate in the design of a landfill facility
LO7 Understand the principles of environmental risk assessment, related to contaminated land and be able to conduct a desk based risk assessment
LO8 Understand the options for wastewater disposal and the basic processes involved
LO9 Understand the operation of a septic tank, be able to participate in the site assessment for an on-site wastewater disposal system
LO10 Understand the EIS/EIA process and be able to establish the terms and reference for an EIS
Pre-requisite learning
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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Environmental Legislation and Policy
a) Legal definition of the environment b) Key environmental legislation c) Biodiversity and appropriate assessment d) Sustainability-climate change e) Environmental Impact Assessment
Water Resource Engineering
a) Overview of possible sources b) Water demand Assessment c) Surface and groundwater catchment hydrology d) Source Protection
Water treatment and distribution
a) Water Quality b) Introduction to water treatment c) Water distribution systems
Solid Waste Management and Contaminated Land
a) Overview of waste management options b) Investigation and remediation of contaminated land
Wastewater Systems
a) Wastewater treatment unit processes b) Identification and assessment of disposal options c) Single house wastewater treatment
Sustainable Urban Drainage
SUDs devices Design and construction of SUDs systems
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Term 1 Exam 1,2,3,4,10 5.00 n/a
Examination Term 2 Exam 5,6,7,8,9 5.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 2,3,4 20.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation No Description 2,3,4,7,8,9,10 10.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 4.17
Total Hours 215.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering - Ab Initio 5 Mandatory
CW_CMCEN_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering - Add On 1 Mandatory