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Undergraduate Course: Water Supply and Sanitation in International Development 4 (CIVE10019)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This is a course that will demonstrate to students how engineers can make a difference in developing countries. This is an area where engineers have much to contribute through the potential to save lives by technology design and implementation. Given the complex socio-cultural as well as socio-economic diversity issues in this field, required approaches differ significantly from conventional engineering. This reflects strongly in the currently low success rate of solutions offered in developing countries or any other unusual conditions such as international conflicts and the increasing occurrence of natural disasters. The design and selection of appropriate technology is a core focus of this subject.

The course material is innovative and applied, and gives the students a very good start in a career in international development.

The variety of topics covered in the course brings together a number of approaches from the policy (operation and foundation principles of aid organisations), financing (world bank and charities/foundations), technology, socio-cultural issues, environmental and technological sustainability, and risk management and is hence an ideal course to address numerous graduate attributes.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Water and Wastewater Systems 3 (CIVE09026)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None, however students will need basic understanding of water and wastewater systems such as that provided by Water and Wastewater Systems 3 (U03194)
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this subject students will be able to:

- Understand the governance of international development
- Be familiar with the differences in system design and operation of water and sanitation technologies in remote and poor locations
- Appreciate how appropriate technology can be evaluated both for sanitation and water supplies
- Interact with various aid organisations to provide engineering support to relevant projects
Assessment Information
Coursework 30%
Examination 70%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Lectures: Titles & Content
L1&2 Introduction
L1 Course outline & assessment; reading; discussion of project requirements and tutorial structure.
L2 Introduction to general issues in water supply and sanitation in international development
L3&4 Water supply and Sanitation
L3 Global Issues: Water quantity
L4 Global Issues: Water quality
L5&6 Governance and Financing
L5 Governance Issues: risk management, guidelines, legal framework, governing bodies and non-government organisations; cultural issues of water
L6 Financial Issues: The role and objectives of World bank and charities; financing and debt management; economic issues of water provision and availability
L7&8 International Development Needs
Class Test 1
L7 Decentralised vs centralised treatment; infrastructure issues; sizing
L8 Urban vs rural and remote locations; systems maintenance; failure scenarios, energy supplies; water distribution; sewage collection
L9&10 Sanitation in Developing countries
L9 Sewage collection
L10 Sewage treatment options
L11&12 Water Supplies in Developing Countries I
L11 Water Distribution
L12 Low Tech water supply technologies
L13&14 Water Supplies in Developing Countries II
Class Test 2
L13 Advanced Water Supply Technologies
L14 Industry Guest Lecture Aquacube
L15&16 Technologies for Disaster Relief and International Conflicts and Implementation Challenges
L15 Guest Lecture Oxfam
L16 Guest Lecture MOD
L17&18 Case Studies
Class Test 3
L17 Project Presentations
L18 Project Presentations
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list 1. Water a Shared responsibility, The United Nations World Water Development Report 2, 2006, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Berghahn Books, ISBN 92-3-104006-5.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Water Supply, International Development, Appropriate Technology, Environmental and Technological Sus
Course organiser Prof Andrea Schaefer
Tel: (0131 6)50 5719
Course secretary Mrs Kim Orsi
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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