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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 08/06/2022 12:20:08

Title of Module: Water Resources Engineering

Code: ENGG09014 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Shakun  Paudel

Summary of Module

This module applies the theoretical background to pipe flow and open channel flow provided in Hydraulics (Level 8) to practical design problems in water resources, flood estimation, urban drainage, water supply and treatment, wastewater treatment and hydraulic modelling.

The contents of the module are:

  • Hydrology and water resources - Hydrological processes, Rainfall-runoff analysis, Hydrographs, Flooding, Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH), Hydrograph routing
  • Urban drainage - Combined and separate sewerage systems, Sewage overflows, Strom sewer design, Foul sewer design, Sustainable Urban Drainage systems (SUDs)
  • Water supply and treatment - Water quantity, Water quality, Treatment processes, Groundwater pollution
  • Wastewater treatment - Wastewater characteristics, Treatment processes, Sludge treatment and disposal
  • Pipe network analysis - Application of pipe hydraulics to analyse ring and junction type pipe networks, Nodal method, Hardy-cross method
  • Open channel flow - Application of open channel hydraulics to solve Gradually Varying Flow (GVF) and Rapidly Varying Flow (RVF) problems
  • Hydraulic modelling - Hydraulic models and similitude, Dimensional analysis, Scale effects and distorted models

The Graduate Attributes related to this module are:

  • Academic: Problem-solver; analytical, critical thinker; innovative
  • Personal: Motivated; creative
  • Professional: Collaborative; research-oriented

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Apply hydrological techniques to estimate flows within river catchments for different return periods

L2. Perform calculations in relation to pipe networks and unsteady open channel flow

L3. Analyse water and wastewater treatment systems and evaluate risks associated with wastewater discharge

L4. Apply hydrograph routing techniques to predict reservoir performance and flood attenuation

L5. Develop scaled hydraulic models using dimensional analysis and similitude laws

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Appreciating the social, economic and environmental implications of water supply, flooding and urban drainage (AHEP LO: SM3b)

Demonstrating understanding of the concept of probability and return periods in relation to flow estimation (AHEP LO: SM2b)

Demonstrating understanding of risks associated with wastewater discharge to the environment and ground water pollution (AHEP LO: EL6b)

Demonstrating understanding pipe network system design and drainage design (AHEP LOs: D4, EA3b)

Demonstrating understanding of the integration of engineering principles with the biological and chemical basis of water and wastewater treatment (AHEP LO: EA1b)

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Deducing hydrological principles by carrying out measurements of runoff from a model catchment in the laboratory (AHEP LO: P3)

Being able to work with limited, conflicting or missing data (AHEP LO: D3b, P8)

Applying knowledge and understanding to basic professional design problems in flood estimation, reservoirs, urban drainage and water/wastewater treatment (AHEP LOs: D4, P6)

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Using the hydrograph to estimate rainfall-runoff (AHEP LOs: EA1b, P3)

Critically evaluating the validity of hydraulic/hydrological data from the field and/or the laboratory (AHEP LOs: SM3b, P4)

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Using spreadsheets to investigate the factors controlling runoff and the performance of reservoirs and channels in attenuating flood peaks (AHEP LOs: P6, G1)

Using literacy and numeracy skills to convey complex information in the form of laboratory reports (AHEP LOs: SM3b, G1)

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Developing an awareness of the legislative framework governing activities in the water industry e.g. the Reservoirs Act and the Water Framework Directive (AHEP LO: EL5b)

Assisting peers during paired exercises (AHEP LO: G1)

Planning and taking responsibility of self-learning (AHEP LOs: G2, G4)

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Higher National level
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module includes lectures, tutorials, laboratories, and independent study. Independent study includes all study, learning, and processing undertaken by a student, outside of the scheduled lectures, tutorials, and laboratories.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Printed Notes
Spreadsheets for reservoir routing and flood estimation
Wallingford Tables for the design of urban drainage systems
Flood Estimation Handbook (1999)

Extension Resources: Consultation of the undernoted resources is recommended and material from these resources may be of benefit to the student in the assessment process:

Mansell M G, Rural and Urban Hydrology. Thomas Telford (2003)
Smith P G and Scott J S Dictionary of Water and Waste Management (2005)
Chadwick and Morfett, Hydraulics in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2004)
Butler D and Davies J W, Urban Drainage, Spon (2000)
Martin P, "Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems" a Design Manual for Scotland and Northern Ireland (2000)
Wilson, E.M, Engineering Hydrology, 5th Edition, Palgrave (1990)

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCivil Engineering and Quality Management
ModeratorDjamalddine Boumezerane
External ExaminerK Tota-Maharaj
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, IHE, & CIHT as part of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Examination (Due to Covid- 19 disruption adaptive assessment may replace the exam)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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