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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Water and Waste Management
Module Code MM439
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lorna Fitzsimons
Semester 2: Lorna Fitzsimons
Autumn: Lorna Fitzsimons
Module TeachersLorna Fitzsimons
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Individual project and written exam

The combination of population growth, affluence, and improvements in living conditions as well as consumerism unfortunately increases the amount of waste that is produced across the globe. In a sustainable society, water and resource consumption and waste generation should be minimised and managed effectively. Innovative engineering solutions and technologies can help, but must be applied in conjunction with sustainability principles such as resource consumption reduction, the waste and energy hierarchies and the move to a more circular economy. This module will educate students on the technical and management aspects of water production/usage, waste treatment (UPW, desalination, potable water treatment), and waste management. It will teach them how to analyse existing systems and recommend sustainable alternatives. The module will also address societal attitudes to waste management.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the legislative drivers for water, wastewater, and solid waste treatment and management in Europe and Ireland.
2. Design and analyse the operation of physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes in a conventional and nature-based wastewater, water and municipal solid waste treatment systems.
3. Calculate hydraulic and organic loading based on population equivalence, and determine water treatment requirement.
4. Apply and evaluate suitable waste management processes, taking into account energy demand and carbon emissions for different waste streams.
5. Propose suitable waste management options for a product.
6. Evaluate and analyse the evolution and social context of wastewater, water and solid waste treatment systems.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lectures in class
Workshop6Interactive workshop including presentations and discussions.
Online activity36Preparation for and delivery of challenge based group assignment deliverables (report, presentation, oral interview).
Independent Study113Preparation for exams and assignments and study
Assessment Feedback8Tutorials
Total Workload: 187

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Water treatment processes
Wastewater, potable water, desalination, UPW, - typical design calculations in terms of load, expected removal of particular contaminants in these systems, typical mecheng considerations including pumps, and blowers.

Water conservation
Water stress, industrial, UNEP/SDGs

Waste systems
Municipal, industrial

The waste hierarchy
Rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle, recover - waste hierarchy and the circular economy

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment70% Examination Weight30%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationA challenge-based learning assignment which focuses on addressing SDG6 for a less developed country. A suitable wastewater treatment system will be designed and analysed. The system will meet location specific design objectives and constraints. The CBL has three main deliverables: a mid-semester presentation, a written report, and an oral interview. The presentation is marks account for 10%.10%Week 25
Group project Written report: part of the CBL activity.35%Week 30
Group assignmentOral interview: part of the CBL activity.25%Week 30
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Mihelcic and Zimmerman: 2021, Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design, 3, Wiley,
  • Tchobanoglus, G., Burton, F., & Stensel, H. D.: 2013, Wastewater engineering: Treatment and reuse., 5, American Water Works Association,
  • Williams, P. T.: 2013, Waste treatment and disposal, 4, John Wiley & Sons,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SSEBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng
SSEIBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng
SSETBSc in Mechanical & Sustainability Tech

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