Course Title: Water, Sanitation and Waste Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Water, Sanitation and Waste Management

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Professor Veeriah Jegatheesan (Jega)

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0810

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Basic background in chemistry as well as water and wastewater treatment processes is preferred 

Course Description

This course provides an insight and knowledge concerning water and wastewater treatment including the management of sludge produced during the treatment. Integration of sludge management (municipal, industrial and other wastes) will also be covered. Nutrient recovery and water reuse will be discussed in detail. The course focuses both on current practice and emerging technologies and trends. You will have the opportunity to develop waste management plans in line with current guidelines and using available technologies. You will also get an opportunity to use software simulation and design packages in designing integrated systems for a given waste stream.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC254 Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)

  1. Problem Solving and Design
    a. Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems
    b. Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team
    c. Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

  2. Analysis
    a. Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
    b. Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

  3. Professional Practice
    a. Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
    b. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
    c. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects

On the completion of the course you will be able to:

  1. Describe and identify the quality parameters to be determined for the characterisation of water, wastewater, sludge and other solid wastes.
  2. Describe a wide range of available and emerging technologies for the treatment of water for potable use, treatment and safe disposal of municipal, and industrial wastewater; and solid wastes.
  3. Propose alternative treatment systems and management strategies for a given waste stream.
  4. Design wastewater and solid waste treatment for a given waste using design manuals and simulation packages.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities include lectures, workshops, projects, site visits and software training and use.

Students will be provided with background knowledge that is required to design water and wastewater treatment plants including solid waste management. Then they will be assisted in using relevant analytical tools to design the above mentioned systems. A real case study will be given to the students to demonstrate their design capabilities.

The Students will also participate in field trips to water and wastewater treatment plants to understand the challenges in designing treatment facilities.

An online environment will be established for students to share information and discuss assignments and course content.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources required will include lecture notes, online materials and tutorials. Access to up-to-date international research journals, conference proceedings and e-books will be facilitated through RMIT’s library.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Class Test (individual)
Weighting 30%
Students will be tested with their understanding on designing a treatment system (PLO 1,2,4; CLO 1,2,4)

Assessment Task 2: Field trip report (Group)
Weighting 30%
Summarising key insights into the challenges faced by water and wastewater treatment plants in terms of design, operation and maintenance (PLO 2,3; CLO 1,2,3)

Assessment Task 3: Major Assignment – Design and presentation (Individual)
Weighting 40%
Detailed process design of a wastewater treatment plant (PLO 1, 2; CLO 1,2,3,4).