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Module Descriptor

CEGEM010 Environmental Systems

Alt. code(s)
Environmental systems
UCL credits/ECTs
15 credits/6 ECTs
Taught by
Dr Julian Harou (Module Coordinator)
  Dr Luiza Cintra Campos
  Dr Carl Hawkings
  Dr Mark Barrett


MS Excel skills. Basic Excel VBA programming may be helpful to solve some problems.

Course Aims and Objectives
The objective of the course is to provide a theoretical introduction and practical experience in modelling and management of environmental and civil systems. Because the natural environment is often managed with engineered infrastructure or processes, the field can also be referred to as civil and environmental systems. The field is vast and encompasses many scientific and engineering disciplines, but the methods used to analyse and manage such systems are relatively few.
In this course the focus is on 4 methods likely to be useful to students as they pursue their careers: simulation, optimisation, decision-making under uncertainty, and basic economics for engineers. These tools are applied to various disciplines and of environmental systems such as water, air, energy, and others. There is an initial focus on predictive simulation of different environmental systems, followed by a focus on using optimisation methods.
The course will demonstrate how quantitative tools can be used to solve large-scale real-world problems and help bridge the divide between environmental and resource management problems, engineering design and public policy responses.

Method of Instruction
Lecture presentations

Four coursework assignments (100%).
1. Environmental Engineering simulation problems: air, energy,reactor models & mass balance (20%)
2. Deterministic and stochastic water resource simulation (30%)
3. Optimisation (30%)
4. Engineering economics and applied optimisation (20%)
To pass this course, students must:
Obtain an overall pass mark of 50% for all sections combined

Reading material
Revelle, C. S., E. E. Whitlatch, and J. R. Wright (2004), Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering, Prentice Hall.

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