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CIVL8008 - Environmental & Energy Eng

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Title:Environmental & Energy Eng
Long Title:Environmental & Energy Eng
Module Code:CIVL8008
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Author: NIAMH POWER
Module Description: This module examines various infrastructural developments and determines the effect these facilities have on the global and local environment. The emphasis is on the development of sustainable concepts. This module will enable the learner to establish various methods of treating different types of waste (wastewater sludge, municipal solid waste) and determine several methods of producing energy from different types of biomass (crops and wastes).
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Carry out environmental design for the following areas: wastewater treatment, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), solid wastes, energy from wastes.
LO2 Assess alternative design solutions for environmental engineering projects.
LO3 Analyse in a logical, sequential manner the environmental impacts of various projects and to postulate and evaluate a number of mitigation measures.
LO4 Discuss and evaluate the effect of climate change on a global scale.
LO5 Contribute to the integration of sustainable development concepts in discipline specific industries.
LO6 Prepare design calculations and reports for various environmental designs.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
Study of quantities and characteristics of MSW. Processing of MSW, source separation, materials recovery facilities, transfer stations, recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, combustion and engineered landfills.
Climate change
Examine the impact of engineering technologies on climate change and study the effect of climate change on a global scale in terms of temperature rise, sea level rise, storm frequency and drought frequency.
Biomass
Investigate how biomass from various sources (energy crops and wastes) can have a positive impact on the environment. Special emphasis on biodiesel, bioethanol and biogas. Demonstrate the anaerobic digestion process and biogas production through lab testing.
Sustainable development
Examine sustainable development concepts, C&D waste, electricity and thermal usage and the use of solar/geothermal energy.
Advanced wastewater treatment
Advanced wastewater treatment technologies. Sludge treatment and disposal. Anaerobic digestion. Industrial wastewater treatment.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Student submits a 900 word report which evaluates the environmental impacts of engineering projects and investigates sustainable development concepts that could be incorporated into discipline specific industries. 4,5,6 15.0 Week 6
Open-book Examination Environmental design and alternative design solutions for environmental engineering projects 1,2,3,6 15.0 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Undertaking tutorial questions 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision of lecture material, preparation of reports 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Tutorial Undertaking tutorial questions 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision of lecture material, preparation of reports 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • European Parilament and the Council 2009, Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, Official Journal of the European Union
  • Department of Communications Energy and Natrual Resources 2010, National Renwable Energy Action Plan, DCENR Dublin
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mark J Hammer Sr. and Mark J Hammer Jr. 2015, Water and Wastewater Technology, 7th Ed., Pearson Education Dorling Kindersley UK [ISBN: 978-933255005]
  • Metcalf and Eddy 2013, Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Resource Recovery, 5th Ed., McGraw-Hill Education [ISBN: 9780073401188]
  • Daniel J. Caruana and Amanda E. Olsen 2011, Anaerobic Digestion: Processes, Products and Applications, Nova Science Publishers New York [ISBN: EBOOK]
  • Tammemagi, Hans 1999, Waste Crisis : Landfills, Incinerators, and the Search for a Sustainable Future, Oxford University Press New York, Oxford [ISBN: 9780195351682]
  • Tchobanoglous, Theisen & Vigil 1993, Integrated Solid Waste Management, International Ed., McGraw-Hill
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_CSTRU_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering 6 Mandatory
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 8 Mandatory
CR_EENEN_8 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 1 Elective
CR_EENEN_8 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 2 Elective
CR_CCEEE_9 Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) 6 Mandatory
CR_CSTEN_9 Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering 6 Mandatory

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