CHEM ENG 4051 - Water & Wastewater Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the area of water and wastewater treatment. The course will cover water chemistry; characteristics of water & wastewater; primary, secondary & tertiary treatment processes; sludge disposal; and design of water and wastewater treatment plants. At the end of the course the students will have a working knowledge of the water and wastewater industry and have the skills to perform a preliminary design of a treatment plant. This will be achieved through descriptive lectures with an industry focus and supervised tutorials.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 4051
    Course Water & Wastewater Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment tutorials, project, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Steven Amos

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain fundamental water chemistry;
    2 Identify the parameters that characterize the constituents found in potable water and wastewater;
    3 Recognise the common physical, chemical and biological unit operations encountered in treatment processes;
    4 Illustrate the fundamentals of water and wastewater treatment;
    5 Discuss water quality data;
    6 Characterise water and wastewater; and
    7 Formulate a preliminary design of a waterand/or wastewater treatment plant.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.2   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Cornwell, D.A. & Davis, M.L. 2008, Introduction to environmental engineering, McGraw-Hill, Boston.

    Stensel, H.D., Burton, F.L., Tchobanoglous, G., Metcalf & & Eddy 2003, Wastewater engineering: treatment and reuse, McGraw-Hill, Boston.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact hours Workload Hours
    Lectures 24 60
    Tutorials 11 20
    Plant Tour 6 2
    TOTAL 41 82
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1:  Potable Water Treatment

    Hydrologic Cycle
    Water Chemistry
    Water storage
    Unit Operations – Potable Water Treatment
    Design of treatment plants

    Topic 2: Wastewater treatment

    Characteristics of wastewater
    Primary, secondary & tertiary treatment processes
    Sludge disposal
    Design of treatment plants

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Weekly tutorials 20 Group Formative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Project 10 Group Formative Week 11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Final exam 70 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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