BSEN30240 Waste Management

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will introduce students to fundamental principles of waste management, with particular emphasis on organic wastes. Waste generation and waste characterisation are examined, as are techniques for waste collection, storage, transport, utilisation (including recycling and recovery). The focus of the module is on the application of engineering science to develop integrated waste management systems.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Explain the waste management hierarchy at national and EU levels. Describe the key waste management legislation. Specify the essential elements to be included in a waste management plan. Calculate land requirements in a nutrient management plan. Describe the principles of composting, anaerobic digestion and incineration. Outline the main features in the design and operation of a modern landfill.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Content delivered in lecture format with time allowed for discussion for problem-based learning in groups. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

An Engineering, Science or Agricultural Science background would be beneficial.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BSEN40320 - Waste to Energy Process&Techno

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Assignment on waste topic. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Siting of a waste management facility. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback provided post-assessment.

Name Role
Dr Rajat Nag Lecturer / Co-Lecturer