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ENVE5502 Water and Wastewater Engineering

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
This unit presents a current and modern overview of water and wastewater engineering with a focus on the treatment and reuse in a broad environmental context. The fields of water and wastewater engineering have evolved more recently into a modern field of engineering following important advances in the technologies used in primary disciplines such as environmental chemistry and microbiology. In particular, major advances/changes have occurred with respect to (1) the characterisation of constituents found in wastewater, both in terms of range and detection limits; (2) a greater fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of biological wastewater treatment; (3) the application of advanced treatment methods for the removal of specific constituents; (4) the increased emphasis on the management of biosolids resulting from the treatment of wastewater; and (5) the issuance of more comprehensive and restrictive permit requirements for the discharge and reuse of treated wastewater.
Students are able to (1) use figures and text to demonstrate their knowledge of wastewater treatment processes; (2) communicate an understanding of wastewater engineering and water reuse in a precise and logical fashion; (3) perform a computer laboratory exercise to discover knowledge pertaining to wastewater engineering; (4) practise enquiry-based thinking to investigate issues in wastewater treatment and management; (5) discuss the principles of sustainable water management in the context of reuse; (6) explain and understand the implications of treatment efficiency in the local, regional and global context; (7) explain the nature of transboundary issues in water resource management and general principles for mitigating these issues; (8) explain the principles of sustainable water management and the linkage to reuse schemes in Australia and the world; and (9) critically discuss the distribution of water resources worldwide and pressures and threats from population growth and climate change.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) collaborative learning; and (3) group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Anas Ghadouani
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation, Civil Engineering specialisation, or Mechanical Engineering specialisation); or enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology
Contact hours
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