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CE50228: Environmental sciences, processes and engineering

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
* Convey an overview and a deeper understanding of the scientific foundations of environmental processes and environmental engineering.
* Provide comprehensive knowledge about behaviour of contaminants and the processes for their avoidance and removal.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* Understand the environment as a complex system and critically discuss the anthropogenic influence on it.
* Characterize and classify pollutants and their effects.
* Describe, explain and discuss environmental processes based on scientific data.
* Describe, explain and discuss biological, chemical and physical processes to avoid or remove contaminants.


* The ability to conceptualise complex environmental processes (T,F,A)
* The ability to specify and critically evaluate environmental engineering processes (T,F,A)
* The ability to understand and describe global biogeochemical processes and to differentiate human and natural influence (T,F,A)
* The ability to develop solutions for avoiding and eliminating environmental problems (T,F,A)
* The ability to classify pollutants, know their impact and fate in the environment (T,F,A).


* environmental science
* sustainability and critical thinking
* principles of ecology and human interactions with ecosystems
* global biogeochemical cycles
* environmental chemistry
* chemistry of the major spheres: lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere, biosphere
* classification of contaminants
* fate, transport and behaviour of contaminants in the environment, including advanced level examples
* water pollution, atmospheric pollution, ground level air pollution, soil pollution, subsurface pollution, noise pollution
* principles of toxicology and risk assessment
* biological, chemical and physical natural cleaning processes, including advanced level examples
* introduction to environmental engineering, professional development and professions, environmental and engineering ethics
* biology, chemistry and physics of environmental engineering processes, including advanced level examples.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE50228 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering


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