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Undergraduate Course: Environmental Engineering 3 (CIVE09020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course presents a broad introduction to Environmental Engineering and explores different ways in which engineers are responding to the climate emergency. This course will explore the influence of climate change on the water cycle, identify some of the environmental challenges that arise in the built and natural environment and identify potential solutions. The course will focus around river basins, exploring changes to water resources, and the implications of changing natural hazards in the context of future water security for society.
Course description Topics covered in the class will include:

Lectures (tutorials match lecture content and build through the course)- (i.e. L2-7 will have supporting tutorial/open discussion and L8/9/10 will have coursework open sessions alongside)

Module 1: Theory and processes

L1 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
The climate emergency and the role of the Environmental Engineer; IPCC and CCC assessments. Adaptation versus Mitigation (concepts such as the race to Net Zero)
L2&3: Water and natural hazards Water and hydrosphere, systems thinking Natural hazards: Floods and droughts - their drivers and processes; implications for civil/environmental engineers
L4: Water quality: Lakes and Rivers
L5 Sediment transport and movement in rivers (Geomorphology) implications for engineers; Concepts of river mechanics and sediment transport
L6 River ecomorphodynamics. freshwater ecological interactions water-sediment-vegetation interactions; short, medium and long term dynamics. Importance to engineers

L7: OPEN: Guest

Module 2: Applications and design

L8 Applications - Flood forecasting: SEPA
L9 Applications - Climate adaptation - flood/drought management
L10 Applications - River restoration - Nature based solutions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
Feedback Formative, mid-semester, end of course
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. describe the role of Civil/Environmental Engineers in the face of the Climate Emergency;
  2. describe environmental challenges and identify solutions;
  3. describe and explore climate impacts in the built and natural environments
  4. evaluate design solution alternatives within the water environment;
  5. analyse an environmental problem and define the problem characteristics
Reading List
Suggested throughout the course
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course contributes to knowledge and understanding of:
* The underpinning principles and theories of all main aspects of the discipline of Civil Engineering.
* The role of the engineer in the infrastructure project cycle, and their responsibilities in promoting environmentally sustainable solutions, and in ensuring safe working practices.
* Physical, chemical and biological processes and their interaction with the natural and built environment.

This course develops intellectual skills so that on completion students will be able to:
* Identify and apply appropriate analytical tools for the analysis and solution of engineering problems.
* Approach problems and design holistically, and work to an appropriate level of detail for the stage of analysis or design that is required.
* Learn new theories, concepts, methods, etc and how to apply them in environmental treatment processes and technologies.

Practical skills developed in this course include the ability to
* Apply a range of software tools in design.
* Improve presentation, reading (reports and scientific papers) and writing skills.

Transferable skills developed in this course include the ability to
* Competently use computers and general software including spreadsheets, word processing and presentation packages.
* Apply analytical skills to a wide variety of problems.
* Communication skills.

Knowledge of the science and mathematics underpinning Civil Engineering is developed in this course so that students acquire
* Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental scientific principles that underpin an education in civil engineering, and an appreciation of their application.
* The ability to use mathematical methods and tools in the analysis and solution of civil engineering problems.
* An awareness of developing technologies in a specialised area of civil engineering.
* Knowledge and understanding of mathematical models relevant to civil engineering, and an appreciation of their limitations.
Areas of engineering analysis acquired in this course include
* The ability to apply knowledge and understanding of engineering principles to the solution of civil engineering problems.
* Knowledge and understanding of underpinning principles and theories in environmental engineering and sustainability.
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Course organiserProf Lindsay Beevers
Tel: (0131 6)50 7209
Course secretaryMs Jennifer Reilly
Tel: (01316) 517073
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