MABY5360 Design and Optimisation Projects Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Design and Optimisation Projects
Master’s Programme in Civil Engineering
10 stp.


This course will allow students to apply fundamental and advanced hydraulic and process engineering principles in real-life style projects. Students will analyse the influence of design and operating conditions on complex smart water infrastructure and process functionalities. The focus will be on students developing an integral systems approach to design selected water systems.

The course content includes:  Environmental legislation and influencing factors; Control of water discharges and gas emissions; Environmental risks assessments; Technical and economic appraisals of a process in which safety and environmental impacts form integral parts of screening alternative solutions; Literature review of alternative solutions; Safety and operability of water system; Unit specification and flow sheets; Engineering drawings; Executive summary; Detailed unit design.

The students will work on a project of their own choice related to a design project.

The students will make use of suitable software for the individual projects.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

No formal requirements over and above the admission requirements.


On successful completion of this course the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student will have

  • advanced comprehension of sustainability and environmental risk in relation to water system design;
  • advanced comprehension of project management in team and individual based settings;
  • advanced knowledge of applying combined hydraulic and process engineering methods.



The student

  • has creative and critical skills, and is able to select amongst alternatives and make decisions in areas impacted with uncertainty;
  • can communicate effectively results of their work in the form of written reports and oral presentations with strict page and time limits, respectively;
  • has hands-on experience in creating model implementations of complex bioprocesses;
  • can implement and apply computational tools for scenario analysis to evaluate cost-benefits and to infer effective design and operational solutions;
  • can apply software for integrated control of environmental pollution;
  • can analyse water systems in terms of capital investment and operating costs.


General competence:  

The student

  • has deep insight into preliminary and rigorous process and unit design;
  • Is able to draw engineering drawings, process flowsheets, control and P&I diagrams of the water system;
  • Is able to solve complex water system problems by combining statistics, process and hydrology modelling tools.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The teaching will consist of a combination of:

  • Scoping lectures & trainings.
  • Coursework assignments.
  • Trainings on project reporting and execution held by consulting engineers invited from industry; scoping lecture on current needs held by practitioners invited from municipalities/operators/regulator.
  • Training on practical use of tools and software for data management, computer simulation and statistical assessment.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter


Vurdering og eksamen

  1. A final written group (max. 2-3 members) report on the overall process design and operation, (max. 3000 words); counting 50% of the grade.
  2. A final individual report (max. 2000 words) on the rigorous design of a selected element of the overall process; counting 50% of the grade.

In the event of failed or valid absence of exam, the postponed exam will be given as either an oral or written examination.

Part one and part two can be appealed.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All aids permitted.


A grade scale with grades from A to E for pass (with A being the highest grade and E being the lowest pass grade) and F for fail is used in connection with the final assessment. 


1.One internal examiner.

2.One internal examiner.

External examiners are used regularly.