ENVE4401 Contaminant Fate and Transport

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers both the chemical and physical processes relevant to the transport of contaminants through the natural environment and the contaminants' eventual fate—either destruction or long-term storage. Students learn about the processes that govern the fate and transport of many classes of contaminants in three major environmental media—surface water, the subsurface environment and the atmosphere. Topics such as photochemical smog, acid sulphate soils and the mobility of fertilisers are covered.
Students are able to (1) articulate key chemical concepts and processes of significance for contaminant cycling; (2) quantify temporal and spatial scales of importance for the fate and transport of pollutants; (3) define control volumes and use a systems approach to solve environmental contamination problems; (4) assimilate presented data and utilise them for problem solving; and (5) provide estimates of contaminant concentrations under given scenarios.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual and/or group assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Carolyn Oldham
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation
Chemical Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: [CHEM1101 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (or equivalent)
CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics (or equivalent)]
(ENVE2602 Environmental Fluid Mechanics
ENSC3010 Hydraulics)
Advisable prior study:
Environmental specialisation: ENSC3013 Environmental Systems; Chemical specialisation: ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics and Kinetics
ENVE3606 Contaminant Fate and Transport
Contact hours
3 per week

Hemond, H. F. and Fechner, E. J. Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment: Academic Press

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