Project and Thesis

CE6110 Integrated Water Resources Design Project

Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 to design a water supply system from collection through distribution and treatment to discharge from a wastewater treatment plant. The module will involve: data analysis in GIS, hydrological modelling, design calculations and technical drawing. Students will receive briefings from relevant staff and industry experts.

CE6xxx Water Resources Engineering Project / Thesis

Each student will conduct an individual project and worth one third of their degree programme. The student will be expected to demonstrate significant initiative in this project and will be required to carry out significant background research on the selected topic. Students are also required to attend a technical writing module.

Code Modules

CE6102 Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems I

This module introduces the theory supporting, design, maintenance and operation of waste and wastewater treatment systems. Topics covered will include wastewater and waste composition and characteristics, design of treatment facilities, energy efficiency and production, control and monitoring techniques that are used in these systems and current state of the art. The module discusses the engineer's responsibility to the public and the environment when designing and operating such facilities.

CE6106 Hydrological Modelling

This module cover the theory and practice of hydrological modelling. Topics include catchment modelling, discharge modelling, Saint Venant equation, reservoir routing and hydro-geological modelling. Students will learn how to use industry-standard hydrological modelling tools such as HECRAS and HYDRAS.

CE6107 Water Quality

This module will cover water quality issues with a particular focus on the stressors (both natural and manmade) that affect the quality of water sources. Students will learn how to identify and quantify stressors, the processes by which stressors impact on water quality and the means by which such processes can be modeled.

CE6108 Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering

This module introduces students to theory and practice of engineering hydrology and how these are applied to water resource engineering. The following topics are covered: Physical and chemical properties of water; Flow routing through reservoirs and lakes; Unit Hydrograph; Water quality in the natural environment; Hydrological and energy cycles; Hydrological frequency analysis; Precipitation measurement; Streamflow measurement; Hydrometric data, flow duration curves, mean daily flows, water balance and water resources; Climate change; Evaporation and evaporation measurement; Groundwater.

CE6109 Water Resources in Arid Regions

This module covers topics such as water supply and irrigation, groundwater remediation and sanitation in arid / water-scarce regions. It will provide students with the engineering tools to design sustainable wells, irrigation systems and sanitation systems. It will also cover the socio-economic issues of water management in water-scarce environments.

EOS418 Applied Field Hydrogeology

Groundwater is one of our key water resources, yet it also one that is stressed by natural processes and human activities. Managing groundwater is a mix of science, regulation and politics. This course focuses on understanding groundwater in its geological setting and explores the ways in which groundwater affects and is affected by the medium in and through which it flows.

Option Modules

CE468 Estimates and Costing

The module has two main components: (1) Bill of Quantity production and pricing, and (2) Cost benefit analysis on an engineering project. The first component includes measurement, estimating, Bill of Quantity production / presentation, preliminaries, detailed estimating, editing, tender letter, form of tender and cover letter. The second component involves comparing the costs versus benefits of an engineering project.

CE511 Computational Methods in Civil Engineering

This module introduces students to computer-based methods used in the solution of engineering problems. It provides the level of knowledge required to successfully apply these methods to a broad range of applications including structures, heat transfer, fluids flow etc. Students get hands-on experience in using commercial finite element software.

CE6103 Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems II

This module covers advanced material related to the design and operation of environmental systems and the implementation of strategies to mitigate environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities. Topics covered include advanced nutrient removal and recovery technologies in wastewater, disinfection, bio-solids and energy, regulation, erosion, groundwater contamination, energy efficiency, the water-energy nexus, wastewater treatment for developing countries. Assessment will be exam and project based.

CE6101 Coastal & Offshore Engineering

The module covers aspects of wave and tidal theory and their application to design of coastal structures. Topics covered include: properties of ocean and coastal waves: length, celerity, water particle orbits, dynamic pressure, shoaling, refraction, breaking, and diffraction; wavemaker theory; tidal dynamics; estuarine processes; sediment transport; design of ports and harbours; evaluation of wave forces on a seawall; design of a breakwater; coastal protection.

EC5103 - Natural Resource Governance

The course will introduce students to the different meanings and theoretical approaches of the governance concept. The role of governance will be considered with respect to the conservation of natural resources and sustainability using case studies from around the world. Although the approach taken to sustainability is principally an economic one, considerable attention is given to the concept of social sustainability and its significance for natural resource conservation.

EC518 Environmental Economics

This course will address concepts of sustainability and includes perspectives which consider the economy and environment as interdependent systems. For example, the course also discusses the role of environmental economics in the integrated management of ecological economic systems, although the approach to sustainability is principally an economic one. A key focus of the course is the optimal extraction of renewable and non-renewable resources and to the problems that arise due to the incomplete nature of markets for these resources.

The course will briefly address (since some of this material has been covered in prerequisite courses) the basic theory of externalities, missing markets and property rights; the theory of public goods and Nash-Cournot equilibria. The valuation of environmental resources using revealed and stated preferences will be given a more substantive treatment. Examples will be given of revealed preference methods and the techniques used to exploit relationships that may exist between a non-market good and a marketed good. In circumstances where revealed preference methods cannot be employed, stated preference methods may need to be used which involve hypothetical techniques and direct questions about non-market goods. An assessment of the environmental policy options is also made.

These include charges, standards, marketable emission permits and tradable extraction quota. This topic includes price based instruments such as Pigovian taxes, charges and user fees.Property rights are discussed in relation to resource scarcity. The Coase theorem and marketable quota and Emission permits as well as transferable development rights is discussed. Game theory is used to illustrate non-cooperative and cooperative outcomes with respect to strategies over resource use. The economics of renewable energy options constitutes an important topic of study within this course. Attention is given to energy externalities, public goods, Pigovian taxes in the energy sector, emission standards, tradable permits and tradable energy certificates.

The economics of energy distribution systems and energy firm behavior and electricity deregulation is critically analysed. Electricity pricing systems such as peak load pricing, energy efficiency and energy conservation is explored. The course evaluates specific energy policies concerned with energy systems including, wind,photovoltaic’s, and tidal and wave power. Emphasis will be given to an analysis of policies concerned with renewable energy in both developed and developing countries. Risk and uncertainty is considered in relation to pollution standards, regulation and enforcement. Incomes policies and income transfers are addressed with respect to environmental management. In particular, it considers the problems associated with non-marketed goods such as public goods and the risk and uncertainty related to their provision.

Finally, resource and environmental accounting is addressed using natural resource accounts and state of the environment statistics.

EOS6101 Global Change

This module introduces students to multi-disciplinary studies of the physical forcings and earth/ocean system responses that induce and drive environmental change on different temporal and spatial scales. Emphasis here is placed on understanding and communicating the basic science behind both natural climate cycling (e.g. Milankovitch/ENSO) and more recent anthropogenic forcings (e.g. fossil fuel burning and agricultural practices).

IE446 Project Management

Project management is a means to an end and not an end in itself. The purpose of project management is to foresee or predict as many of the potential pitfalls and problems as soon as possible and to plan, organise and control activities so that the project is successfully completed in spite of any difficulties and risks. This process starts before any resources are committed, and must continue until all the work is completed. The primary aim of this course is to improve the effectiveness of people engaged in project management. It focuses on the essential concepts and practical skills required for managing projects in dynamic environments. This course aims to provide learners with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of project management and to equip them with simple yet powerful tools that will empower them to meet their full potential in the area of project management thus enabling them to implement successful projects on time, within budget and to the highest possible standard.

ME521 Research Methods for Engineers

The aim of this course is to equip candidates with skills to conduct autonomous research in a rigorous an disciplined manner. It is essential for the effective generation, collection, analysis and interpretation of scientific knowledge. The primary assessment is through three assignments (two written research assignments and one oral presentation)

ST500 Advanced Engineering Statistics

This module will provide a second level coverage of statistics with an emphasis on topics of use to engineers and practical hands-on experience of applied statistics using statistical software.


* NUIG BE Civil Engineering graduates will have already taken CE469 and CE464 and will therefore take CE511 and CE6102 as replacement core modules. As a result, they will have just 2 core modules in semester 1 with 4 core modules in semester 2. These students will have to take additional optional modules in semester 1 to balance the workload.