BSEN30280 Water and Wastewater Engineering

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is focused on Environmental Engineering in relation to water, including: key parameters of water quality for different water sources; physical, chemical and biological techniques used in water and wastewater treatment and basic hydrologic principles.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Critically assess current research in the area of water quality monitoring: extract, through literature and data search, information pertinent to a given water quality issue.

2. Describe important parameters of water quality, distinguish between drinking, surface and wastewater standards with reference to relevant Irish and EU legislation.

3. Describe and compare main methods for measuring water pollutants; analyse and interpret water quality data.

4. Explain and differentiate between the unit operations of water and wastewater treatment facilities; select appropriate unit processes to achieve specific treatment requirements.

5. Model simplified systems to using mass balances to understand and predict contaminant transport in water treatment plants and in the landscape.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; enquiry & problem-based learning; student presentations, etc. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

It would be advantageous if students have studied engineering or science subjects and have a proficiency in mathematics.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BSEN40180 - Advanced Environmental Eng

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assessment of current research Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Water quality analysis Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Class Test: Written exam 1 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback provided mid semester

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 15:00 - 16:50