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Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:32

Course Overview

This course will deal with various aspects related to:

  • Surface Water: sources of water pollution and their impact on aqueous environment and public health, water quality          and supply, wastewater treatment;
  • Soil and Groundwater: groundwater flow, groundwater contamination and pollution, subsurface contaminants transport mechanisms, sustainable land-groundwater management;
  • Solid Waste: sources of solid waste, characterisation and treatment of solid waste, solid waste management;
  • Air Pollution and Control: air pollutants and sources, air pollution meteorology, pollutant dispersion in the air, air pollution control.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Claudia Fernandez-Martin

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Engineering (Civil) (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering (Civil) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Structural) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Structural Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Eng with Subsea Technology (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Environmental) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Management (Studied)
  • One of EG3013 Fluid Mechanics A (Passed) or EG3018 Fluid Mechanics (Passed) or EM3018 Fluid Mechanics (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The first part of the course is concerned with water pollution and main aspects of public health engineering. The following topics are covered: water quality characteristics, water supply and treatment, sources of water pollution and modelling of their impacts on aqueous environment, wastewater treatment.

In the second part of the course, sustainable land management is introduced, including management of: groundwater and solid waste.

The third part of the course provides an introduction to air pollution and control. It includes sources and effects of micro and macro air pollution and air pollution control techniques.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (90%); continuous assessment (class test) (10%).

Formative Assessment

Class test will be conducted in the middle of session.


The course includes a class test. The written feedback on class test will be provided via MyAberdeen.





Course Learning Outcomes


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