Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

Module summary

Module code: CIVI1018
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Georgios Kiourktsoglou



This Module aims at exposing engineering students of all disciplines to environmental issues, drawing on basic science and engineering principles to assess particular environmental problems and to design solutions that reduce or eliminate environmental impacts. The understanding will be both at conceptual and at a practical level. It will therefore enable the engineering students to experience a number of different environmental threats and issues and help them develop practical solutions to environmental engineering problems.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 demonstrate understanding of the various threats to earth’s environment;
2 appreciate the importance of Environmental Policies and the economics of ‘Green’ engineering options;
3 appreciate the importance of ‘green’ engineering alternatives at all levels of engineering practice.

Indicative content

• ‘Green Engineering’ – Overview of Environmental Issues
• Cars, Batteries & the Environment
• Electric Power Plants & the Environment
• Refrigeration & Environmental Life Cycles
• Air Pollution & Urban Smog
• Toxic Metals and Hazardous Chemicals
• Noise Pollution & other Irritants
• Aquatic Environment and the Ozone Hole
• Global Warming & the Greenhouse Effect
• Waste Disposal & Recycling Practices in a Consumer Culture
• Economics & the Environment – the Future Prospects
• Environmental Risk Assessment & Forecasting
• Environmental Engineering Economics
• The democratisation of power generation

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, case-study based.


Exam - 100%
LO - all.
Closed book exam.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Individual Case study (2,000 words).