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Unit Overview


In this unit, students will learn about the fundamentals of water and wastewater treatment and engineering, including the associated guidelines and legislation around potable water, recycled water, and environmental discharge. Physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes for water and wastewater will be introduced, along with the practical issues associated with the implementation and management of their related infrastructure in contributing to integrated water management. The management of treatment by-products, such as biosolids, will also be discussed in the context of regulatory guidelines and reuse opportunities. All unit content will be linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and will include a strong involvement from practitioners from the Australian water industry.

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

Students are able to (1) evaluate processes used in the treatment of water, including physical, chemical, biological and physicochemical technologies; (2) evaluate processes used in the treatment of wastewater, including biological and chemical processes, with a focus on conventional, energy-intensive processes and natural treatment technologies; (3) evaluate current legislation pertaining to water treatment, treated wastewater discharge, and biosolids, and recommend and propose improvements; and (4) assess how various water and wastewater treatment options contribute to sustainable water

management, including explaining and understanding the implications of treatment efficiency in local, regional and global contexts.


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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Liah Coggins
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation, Civil Engineering specialisation,
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points and ( GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
or GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
Contact hours
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.