Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 hours of lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 7 hours of discussion groups
Practical 2 hour workshop


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment PROJECT  4,000 word project  60%
Semester Assessment REPORT  1,500 word technical report  25%
Semester Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION  15%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed elements of coursework. Presentation marks are carried forward.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Describe and evaluate the options available in reducing flood risk and its associated public health implications in river catchments.

2. Apply the Flood Estimation Handbook - Flood Frequency Analysis software (FEH-WINFAP) in the analysis of hydrological extremes.

3. Identify and evaluate 'contemporary' challenges in water management resulting from legislative and environmental changes.

Brief description

The module is split into two sections. The first examines legislative developments within the field of water quality, with particular reference to the Water Framework Directive. The second addresses the development of approaches to identifying, assessing and managing hydrological extremes; including the use of the FEH-WINFAP software (conventional flood risk analysis software).


  1. The history and development of water management in the context of water quality and public health
  2. The Water Framework Directive (WFD)
  3. The provision of clean water
  4. Water quality and public health: legislation and monitoring
  5. Ecological aspects of the WFD
  6. Waste water management: old and new - Water quality assessment and monitoring
  7. Water management in the urban environment. SuDS: the new approach to drainage
  8. Floods and drought (Inc. flood consequences assessment)
  9. How do we assess flood frequency? - FEH-WINFAP workshop
  10. Future pressures on water as a manageable resource

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Workshop and assessments will involve numeric problem solving
Communication Verbal: Presentations/Discussion groups Written: Assessments
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent reading
Information Technology Essential use of PowerPoint in presentations & Excel in data acquisition and analysis. FEH-WINFAP software competency
Personal Development and Career planning Increased confidence in undertaking analytical tasks, working with data (workshop + assessment). Awareness of environmental legislation relevant to employment.
Problem solving In case studies/FEH-WINFAP software
Research skills Coursework report & independent reading
Subject Specific Skills Development and expansion on currently present skills base through the discussion groups and workshop, particularly within FEH-WINFAP. Experience of working with real data/information.
Team work Some informal teamwork may be undertaken

Reading List

Recommended Text
Astebøl S.O., Hvitved-Jacobson T. & Simonson Ø. (2004) Science of the Total Environment Sustainable stormwater management at Fornebu ¿ from an airport to an industrial and residential area of the city of Oslo, Norway 334-335:239-249 Primo search Ellis J.B., Deutsch J.-C., Mouchel J. ¿M., Scholes L. & Revitt M.D. (2004) Science of the Total Environment Multicriteria decision approaches to support sustainable drainage options for the treatment of highway and urban runoff 334-335:251-260 Primo search Harremoës P. (2002) Water Science and Technology Integrated urban drainage status and perspectives 45 (3):1-10 Primo search Harremoës P. (1998) Water Science and Technology Upgrading our inherited drainage systems 37 (9):1-8 Primo search Kay D., Bartram J., Prüss A., Ashbolt N., Wyer M.D., Fleisher J.M., Fewtrell L., Rogers A. & Rees G. (2004) Water Research Derivation of numerical values for the World Health Organization guidelines for recreational waters. 38, 1296-1304 Primo search Nordeidet B., Nordeide T., Astebøl S.O. & Hvitved-Jacobson T. (2004) Science of the Total Environment Prioritising and planning of urban stormwater treatment in the Alna watercourse in Oslo 334-335:231-238 Primo search Waters D., Watt W.E., Marsalek J. & Anderson B.C. (2003) Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Adaptation of a storm drainage system to accommodate increased rainfall resulting from climate change 46(5): 755-770 Primo search NERC (1999) The Flood Estimation Handbook Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK Primo search WHO (2004) Guidelines for drinking water WHO Geneva Primo search WHO (2004) Guidelines for safe recreational water environments Vol II WHO Geneva Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7