Civil Engineering BEng/MEng

Environmental Process Engineering 3 ENG3080

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course gives students an overview of physical and chemical treatment systems for water and wastewater.


2 lectures per week, with additional tutorials and project classes

Excluded Courses





90% Written Exam

10% Written Assignment

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide an introduction to the fundamental principles of water and wastewater treatment including water quality and treatment processes;

■ describe water and wastewater sources;

■ explain the characteristics of water and wastewater (physical, chemical, and biological parameters);

■ discuss the fundamental principles of physical and chemical processes for water and wastewater treatment, and water reclamation;

■ introduce water treatment processes including coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, adsorption, disinfection, softening and membrane filtration.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe the physical and chemical properties of water with respect to its role in the environment;

■ discuss water quality and water treatment for human consumption;

■ identify and describe the possible contamination threats to water in nature;

■ identify and explain the main physical and chemical processes used for water and wastewater treatment;

■ design basic physical and chemical processes used for water and wastewater treatment;

■ discuss the pros and cons of the different treatment technologies based on their social, economic and environmental sustainability;

■ combine different physical and chemical processes appropriately for water and wastewater treatment.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.