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Course Aims

General Aims

  1. To provide advanced study which will be at, or informed by, the forefront of both the academic and professional elements of the geoenvironmental engineering discipline.
  2. To provide a sound scientific, technical and commercial understanding of geoenvironmental engineering issues and practice.
  3. To advance recognition of the multi-disciplinary nature of geoenvironmental engineering through the integration of knowledge from civil engineering, earth sciences and biological sciences.
  4. To advance and enhance engineering theory and practice in the context of the management of geoenvironmental challenges, through the development of new skills at a high level.
  5. To promote originality in the application of knowledge and an understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research.
  6. To provide training in engineering research methods and to develop a range of related transferable skills.
  7. To provide training in the direct application of knowledge to the assessment and solution of geoenvironmental challenges, encouraging students to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and to show originality in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  8. To produce professional and highly proficient engineers to work in the field of geoenvironmental engineering.

Educational aims

  1. To introduce the principles underlying groundwater and surface water flows in the environment, the nature of the interaction between groundwater and surface water, and the techniques used to describe and characterise these water flows.
  2. To promote awareness of the role of geochemical processes in determining the environmental mobility of contaminants in the ground, the associated interaction with groundwater flow, and the resulting impact on groundwater and surface water quality.
  3. To introduce the principles underlying the investigation, assessment, management and mitigation of contaminants in the ground and in groundwater.
  4. To provide a grounding in surface water biota and ecological processes, the effects of contaminants on the ecology of surface waters, and the means by which these effects might be mitigated.
  5. To develop an appreciation of the significance of geological, geochemical and biological data in geoenvironmental assessment, protection and engineering.
  6. To promote awareness of the role of physical and numerical modelling in examining, understanding and predicting the behaviour of geoenvironmental systems, drawing on an understanding of the underlying processes and a knowledge of the characteristics of particular systems.
  7. To provide knowledge of the legal framework that governs geoenvironmental engineering practice in the UK and Europe.
  8. To develop an appreciation of the principles and activities involved in the day to day management of engineering business units, typical of those within which geoenvironmental engineering is practiced.

Developmental aims

  1. To integrate Continuing Professional Development elements in the provision for full-time, part-time and occasional students.
  2. To embrace a significant stakeholder involvement in the design and delivery of the applied aspects of the course.