Environmental Engineering

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Engineering

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module covers: characterisation and measurement of water parameters, regulations, septic tank design and on-line resources used in the planning applications, 'passive' wastewater treatment using constructed wetlands and sand filters and issues of public acceptance; wastewater and water treatment at municipal-scale, including growth and food utilisation kinetics, attached and suspended culture systems. 

    Learning Outcomes
    Recognise the importance of water and wastewater purification in today’s society and the role of the environmental engineer in the design, development and maintenance of treatment facilities.
    dentify, describe and measure the main physical, chemical and biological characteristics of water, and relate their importance in terms of water quality.
    List the natural purification processes that occur in natural systems, such as lakes, rivers and estuaries, and explain the mechanisms behind these systems such as filtration, sedimentation and gas transfer.
    Understand the processes involved in the treatment of wastewater using septic tanks, wetlands and filters, and describe the processes involved with the submission of an application to build such systems.
    Design individual process units such as sedimentation basins, filtration tanks and biological reactors using theoretical equations and empirical design parameters.
    Assemble individual process units into a working water/wastewater treatment plant and assess the performance of the plant in terms of the quality of effluent in comparison with EU water/wastewater regulations.
    Recognise the importance of ‘pollution swapping’ in environmental engineering and the importance of greenhouse gas emissions on design of wastewater treatment systems.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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