UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENVT5503 Remediation of Soils and Groundwater

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This is an advanced unit linking soil, water and biological sciences in the environmental context of disturbed land. Disturbances to be considered are diffuse and point-source contamination and land use changes in the context of urban development and mine site environments. Organic and inorganic contaminants are covered along with chemical, physical and biological remediation techniques, including bioremediation using microbes and phytoremediation using plants. Aspects of land rehabilitation as part of a holistic approach to remediation is embedded as an essential part of the unit. The concept of environmental risk assessment is paramount in all considerations. There is an important field component to visit sites in various stages of contamination, remediation and rehabilitation.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the causes and effects of disturbed land in the context of diffuse and point-source contamination in different environments; (2) understand remediation and rehabilitation techniques in the scientific, social and economic context; (3) apply relevant legislation to identify and classify contaminated sites and suggest the most appropriate remediation approaches; (4) analyse chemical, physical and biological data and write a consultancy-type report about contamination/remediation/rehabilitation, recommending appropriate courses of action; and (5) understand and apply environmental risk assessment.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) five small tutorial/practical-based assessments and a field trip (45 per cent) and (2) three short essay reports (55 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Henning Prommer
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study: AGRI4407 Plant and Human Nutrition or ENVT4401 Advanced Land Use and Management or equivalent
Contact hours The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENVT5503/SEM-2/2017

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