Water Analysis and Protection


After studying this module the learner will appreciate why water is a precious resource and the role of the civil engineer in protecting the resource. He/she will learn what the important factors are in protecting water for beneficial uses such as human consumption, commercial and non-commercial aquatic life, industry and amenity. Aspects of several disciplines relevant to water pollution control will be studied in the module such as, hydrology and chemistry. The learner should be able to identify the main types of water pollution and be conversant with the analytical techniques in testing polluted and potable water. The module provides a building block for further environmental modules on this and other programmes.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and describe the beneficial uses of water and discuss the anthropogenic threats to water resources.

  2. Describe the hydrological cycle and discuss how pollution interfaces with the cycle.

  3. Discuss important elements of EU Directives in relation to water resources protection and drinking water protection.

  4. Describe the main parameters of wastewater characterisiation and drinking water quality and be conversant with the techniques for analysing such parameters.

  5. Be proficient in carrying out various methods of water analysis in the laboratory

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%