Course Title: Design sewerage reticulation systems and small sewage treatment plants

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: CIVE5691

Course Title: Design sewerage reticulation systems and small sewage treatment plants

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. B. Richards
Phone: +61 3 9925 4172

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDC120B-Prepare drawings required in the construction of sewers for subdivisions
EDX170B-Prepare drawings for reticulation systems.

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to design a sewerage reticulation system to local Municipal standards and proportion the elements of a small sewage treatment plant, as well as to understand the principles of sewage treatment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EAC160B Design sewerage reticulation systems and small sewerage treatment plants


1. Identify the roles, responsibilities and powers of local authorities/agencies.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant information is obtained from local authorities/agencies
in relation to sewerage reticulation and sewage treatment.


2. Define a job brief.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant information is obtained relating to the standard format
and data required for design and specifications.


3. Design the horizontal alignment of a sewer.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The sewer is located either along the streets or at the rear of
3.2 Easements are created where required.
3.3 The location of other services is considered.
3.5 The ties for house drains are located.


4. Design the vertical alignment of a sewer.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The allotment category is determined.
4.2 The lot and fixture controls are determined.
4.3 The minimum depths of property drains and end fittings are
4.4 The vertical alignment of a sewer is fixed using appropriate
grades and depths.
4.5 Manholes, inspection shafts and pipeline ends are located.
4.6 Final invert levels and chainages are determined.
4.7 Pipe types are selected.
4.8 The location of other services is considered.


5. Outline testing procedures.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Information is obtained relating to the testing requirements for
new and existing sewers.


6. Design a small sewage treatment plant.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The functions and purposes of the basic components of sewage
treatment plants is understood and used to inform the design
6.2 The principles of operation of different types of treatment plant
are understood and used to inform the design process.
6.3 The basic layout and size of components of a small sewage
treatment plant is determined using appropriate design

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this course and program
• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Projects
• Site visits
• Invited lecture

The lectures are teacher–led face to face lessons.  Students will also carry out research activities.

Teaching Schedule


Week         Topic  Description                                                                                       Element and Performance Criteria                                      
1Identify the roles, responsibilities and powers of local authorities1.1
2Minor project 1 commences
Data required for design and specifications
Research on authorities and instrumentalities

Define a Job brief.  
Submission of research carried out on authorities and instrumentalities. Feedback is provided

1.1., 2.1
4Design the horizontal alignment of a sewer-Introduction-Submission and feedback on task covering Job brief2.1,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
5Design the horizontal alignment of a sewer3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5
6Sewer locations are established consideration being given to guidelines3.1,3.2,3.3, 3.4, 3.5
7Horizontal alignment is completed and submitted  for assessment and feedback is provided.3.1, 3.2,3.3, 3.4, 3.5
8Design the vertical alignment of a sewer 4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5,4.6,4.7,4.8
9Lot control calculations are finalized4.2, 4.3, 4.4
10Vertical alignment design continues: e.g; Manholes and inspection shafts are located4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8
11Vertical alignment is finalized and submitted for assessment, and feedback is provided4.7, 4.8
12Desktop research on testing procedures is completed5.1
13Minor Project 1 is due
Minor  Project 2 commences

Design a small sewage treatment plant
14The principles of operation of different types of treatment plant
Operations principles, basic components and size of plant
6.2, 6.3
15Operations principles of plants, layout and size of components is determined using design standards6.3
16Minor Project 2 is due
Submission of completed sewage treatment plant activity.  Feedback is provided
17 - 18Exam1.1,2.1,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5,4.6,4.7,4.8,5.1,6.1,6.2,6.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

1. Sewerage Code of Australia (Water Services Association of Australia)

2. Code of Practice for Small Wastewater Treatment Plants (Environment Protection Authority)

3. Septic Tanks Code of Practice (Environment Protection Authority)


Other Resources

Online notes.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this course will be based on

A Minor project 1, 40%
A Minor project 2, 35%
Exam, 25%

Assessment Matrix

                    CIVE5691 Elements and Performance Criteria
Minor Project 1 x x x x x x x x xx x x x xx x   
Minor Project 2                 x x x
Exam x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 20 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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* English language development

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Late submission:
If you require an extension for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you require an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted nor marked.

Special consideration:
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