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Module Code: CEN305
Module Title: Environmental Studies
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of the module is to integrate the concepts of renewable energy and environmental engineering within the Civil Engineering profession, as well as to associate environmental chemistry, biology, water quality modelling and contaminant transport with the environmental impacts of industrial projects to natural water bodies and groundwater. The module also aims to provide guidance on the compilation of Environmental Impact Assessments.

Learning outcomes 
A. Combine the principles of chemistry, biology and contaminant transport to water quality as well as pollutant prediction and dispersion in aquatic and groundwater systems.

B. Analyse the complex processes occurring in natural water bodies (eutrophication, acidification, stratification) and correlated those with water quality parameters and pollutants.

C. Apply the most common mathematical models for the simulation of contaminant/pollutant fate and transport.

D. Assess the environmental impacts associated with Civil Engineering projects and produce Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports.
Method of teaching and learning 
The module is taught through formal lectures and class tutorials.
Environmental Science: Environmental crisis, Ecosystems, Food web, Biodiversity, Concepts of sustainability and valuing the environment, Renewable and non-renewable resources, Energy consumption.

Environmental Measurements: Chemical concentration, Mass concentration, Volume concentration, Mole concentration, Normality, Common constituents

Environmental Chemistry: Atoms, Chemical compounds and bonding, Intermolecular forces, Chemical equilibrium and kinetics, Arrhenius law, Solubility, Precipitation, pH, Acids and bases, Buffered systems, Henderson-Hasselbalch equation.

Environmental Biology: Ecosystems, Food chains and web, Ecological pyramid, Energy flow, Homeostasis, Population dynamics (exponential, logistic and resource-limited growth model).

Surface Water Modelling and Management: Sources of water pollution, measurement of water quality, Effect of pollution on streams, Dissolved oxygen, Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Streeter-Phelps equation, Effect of pollution on lakes, Lake stratification, Nutrients and lake eutrophication, Eutrophication modelling, Vollenweider model

Contaminant Transport: Groundwater contamination, Contaminant fluxes (convective, diffusive, dispersive fluxes), Fundamental and Single species balance equations.

Environmental Impact Case Study: The three Gorges dam.

Environmental Impact Assessment: Planning and Environmental law, EU Directives, UK framework and content, China's Environmental Law, EIA methodologies.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 20    10  9    36  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Examination 80.00
2 Coursework 20.00

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