Course Title: Pollution Control

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pollution Control

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Suzie Reichman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3319

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 12, Level 12, Room 11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

While there are no pre-requisite courses, general first year university level chemical and mathematical principles will be used throughout the course and it is assumed that students have an understanding of these topics. An understanding of how to write technical reports including citing references is also assumed.

Course Description

The sustainable control of environmental pollution is one of the key challenges facing engineers, scientists and policy makers.  In Pollution Control you will use mathematical, chemical and biological concepts to inform practical approaches for assessing and managing pollution. You will learn about the migration and degradation of pollutants in water, air and land. The course includes using mass balance and risk-based approaches to assist you in managing the impacts of pollutants on the environment and human health. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes forBH080 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons):

1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Predict and characterise the likely impacts of pollutants on the environment
  2. Manage pollutants within environmental guidelines
  3. Use mass balance and risk-based approaches to assess and manage pollution
  4. Develop literature research skills with a focus on the use of library resources in particular, articles and technical reports

Overview of Learning Activities

Face to face learning including lecture and tutorials to demonstrate the principles of pollution management and control. Learning activities will include private study and group work.

Total study hours: You will undertake a maximum of five hours per week in lectures and tutorials. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent and group study working on revision tasks and assignments.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of relevant reading material including the prescribed text book, library resources and professional internet sites. You will be able to access online learning materials (such as lecture information, tutorial problem lists and assignment sheets) through myRMIT.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment 1:  Tutorial reports 1, 2 and 3

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment 2: Group report

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment 3: Exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3

Your assessment will include both group and individual work and there is an emphasis on your technical and communication skills.