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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Ana Singh
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation
or Chemical Engineering specialisation)
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 96 points and ( GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
or GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
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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