BH080 - Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours)

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Plan: BH080 - Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Several courses in the program are delivered online, rather than on-campus, and you are likely to find that other courses transition to online delivery as you progress through the program.

The dominant teaching paradigm for this program is project-based learning. Projects are designed to emulate the behaviour (interactions and decision-making processes) that occurs in practice.  In addition, invited speakers and field trips augment this process. It is recognised that, as a student, your day-to-day existence is different than that of a young practising engineer. Hence, several technological initiatives have been implemented to assist you to develop realistic professional engineering attributes during your group project work.  Wikis (private for each group and the facilitator/academic) are set up with a project management structure to ensure that you experience a realistic simulation of an office experience.  Through the Wiki you record your meeting minutes, document your development of the design and work on reports in the virtual space provided by the Wiki. You and your team members are encouraged to take on a company identity and play the role. Many of the features of real work are simulated; the tutor/instructor adopts various roles as academic facilitator, engineering client, senior partner in the company or auditor, for example. In addition, ePortfolios have been introduced as an alternative facility for you and your team members to work together on-line that encourages reflection and discussion.

In this program, you will experience a wide range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, field classes and site tours. Hands-on experiences and project-based learning are facilitated through your engagement in projects concerned with real-life problems generated in collaboration with industry, community/schools, and local councils or government departments. Throughout this process, you will develop your ability to report both quantitative and qualitative information in graphical and text-based format.  You will improve your presentation and oral skills and, through the project work, become skilled at accessing a wide variety of knowledge from many sources. 

Engineers work in teams, and our educational approach has been built on developing the full range of graduate capabilities needed by young engineers. This includes teamwork and communication skills learnt through the project-based work.

Assessment

Assessment of your learning will vary depending on the learning outcomes developed in each course. Each course will have a combination of assessment methods designed to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate that course learning outcomes have been successfully satisfied whcih contribute to the achievement of the overall program learning outcomes and consequentlyacquisition of necessary graduate attributes.  Assessment generally takes place several times throughout a semester and, typically, will include:

  • examinations at the end of semester;
  • group project work, which is assessed to demonstrate your ability to work in teams.  The assessment of the team/group component may include moderation of your marks as a result of peer review;
  • individual reports and submissions, to enable you to demonstrate your ability to work independently;
  • laboratory reports to assess your ability at experimentation, report writing and critical analysis of data.

Following assessments (except for formal examinations) you will receive feedback on your progress, which is aimed at giving you the opportunity to improve your performance in the future. 

If you have a long-term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage, it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience.  Work Integrated Learning will be undertaken in many courses in your program. As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and  demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities and receive feedback through assessment tasks; and
  • complete these activities in real or simulated work contexts or situations.

The following two 12 CP core course include WIL activities where 50% or more of the assessment involves assessors from a WIL partner organisation:

  • OENG1166 Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice where you will participate in an "Engineers Without Borders (EWB)" project which is focussed on sustainable development as identified by EWB and community organisations. 
  • OENG1168 Engineering Capstone Project Part B where you will work under the guidance of a professional engineer who may be from industry or be an academic or research staff member. You will apply your technical knowledge, research, design and professional engineering skills to either discipline specific, or cross disciplinary engineering problems, through robust research and established engineering design processes. 

In addition to these courses you are strongly recommended to undertake at least 10 weeks of engineering work experience supervised by a professional engineer. If your work experience meets the requirements it may be assessed concurrently with your work experience as part of courses such as 

  • OENG1165 Professional Engineering Experience

You can enrol in OENG1165 while you are undertaking engineering work experience at any time during your program as a University elective course or you can enrol in it as a technical option course in your final year.

 

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Program Structure

For students who commence their study in this program from 1 January 2016 onwards, please note that some courses listed in this structure will have their course marks count toward your program's weighted average mark. Your weighted average mark will determine the honours level of your award once you have completed the program. If a course counts toward your weighted average mark, that fact will be stated in its course guide. In Enrolment Online, after you completed your course enrolment, you will be notified which of the enrolled courses will count toward the weighted average mark.
 

For more information about the weighted average mark, please click here

To graduate you must complete the following:

All courses listed may not be available each semester

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice 12 OENG1166 City Campus
Engineering Science 12 OENG1208 City Campus
Digital Fundamentals 12 OENG1206 City Campus
Engineering Mathematics 12 MATH2393 City Campus
Creative Engineering CAD 12 OENG1204 City Campus
Introduction to Environmental and Sustainable Systems Engineering 12 CIVE1186 City Campus
Life on Earth 12 ENVI1142 City Campus
Energy and Earth's Environment 12 PHYS2066 City Campus
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Numerical Methods/Statistics for Engineers 12 MATH2114 City Campus
Pollution Control 12 OENG1036 City Campus
Geological Site Investigation 12 EASC1076 City Campus
Environmental Chemistry 1A 12 CHEM1014 City Campus
Geology 12 EASC1075 City Campus
Environmental Chemistry 1B 12 CHEM1015 City Campus
Water Engineering 12 CIVE1181 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Urban Systems 12 OENG1037 City Campus
Solid Waste Management and LCA 12 OENG1035 City Campus
Environmental Analysis 12 OENG1038 City Campus
Hydrogeology 12 CIVE1184 City Campus
Engineering Economics and Infrastructure Planning 12 CIVE1217 City Campus
Land Contamination and Remediation 12 OENG1039 City Campus
Waste Water Treatment and Recycling 12 CIVE1199 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) of the following Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Catchment Water Management 12 CIVE1145 City Campus
Transport Engineering 1 12 CIVE1180 City Campus
Geotechnical Engineering 1 12 CIVE1178 City Campus
 
AND

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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Engineering Capstone Project Part A 12 OENG1167 City Campus
Engineering Capstone Project Part B 12 OENG1168 City Campus
Ethics, Policy and Law in Environmental Engineering 12 OENG1041 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
University Elective
AND
Select and Complete Four (4) of the following courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Advanced Hydrogeology 12 CIVE1122 City Campus
Rock Mechanics 12 CIVE1105 City Campus
Wastewater Systems Design and Modelling 12 CIVE1200 City Campus
China's Environmental Challenges 12 OENG1113 City Campus
Transport Engineering 3 12 CIVE1182 City Campus
Sustainable Transport and the Future of Cities 12 CIVE1197 City Campus
Geotechnical Engineering 2 12 CIVE1108 City Campus
Humanitarian Experiential Learning Project 12 OENG1164 City Campus
Professional Engineering Experience 12 OENG1165 City Campus
Stormwater Management 12 CIVE1153 City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

Transition Plan 2021

The following tables shows courses that will be replaced from Semester 1 2021, for program transition purposes only and not necessarily course equivalencies. If you have successfully completed any of the old courses before the commencement of Semester 1 2021 they will continue to count as courses and contribute towards the successful completion of your program.

Year 1

Prior to 2021 Credit Points Replacement courses Credit Points
MATH2128 Engineering Mathematics B 12 MATH2393 Engineering Mathematics 12
CHEM1014 Environmental Chemistry 1A (move to year 2) 12 OENG1208 Engineering Science 12
EASC1075 Geology (move to year 2) 12 OENG1204 Creative Engineering CAD 12
MATH2129 Mathematics and Statics 12 OENG1206 Digital Fundamentals 12
CHEM1015 Environmental Chemistry 1B (Move to year 2) 12 PHYS2066 Energy and Earth’s Environment (Moved from Year 2) 12

Students requiring enrolment advice should contact their program manager. 

Year 2

Prior to 2021 Credit Points Replacement courses Credit Points
PHYS2066 Energy and Earth’s Environment (Move to Year 1) 12 CHEM1014 Environmental Chemistry 1A (moved from year 1) 12
OENG1035 Solid Waste Management and LCA (Move to year 3) 12 EASC1075 Geology (Moved from year 1) 12
Major course 12 CHEM1015 Environmental Chemistry 1B (Moved from year 1) 12
Major course 12 CIVE1181 Water Engineering (core - moved from year 2 Major option) 12

Students requiring enrolment advice should contact their program manager. 

Year 3

Prior to 2021 Credit Points Replacement courses Credit Points
Major course 12 OENG1035 Solid Waste Management and LCA (Moved from year 2) 12
Major course 12 CIVE1184 Hyrdrogeology (moved from Major option) 12
University Elective 12 Technical option 12

Majors are no longer offerred in this program and as a result the following Major sequence courses are no longer offerred. If you successfully completed any of these courses prior to Semester 1 2021 they will continue to count as courses and contribute towards the successful completion of your program.

Civil Engineering Major courses no longer in the program structure 

CIVE1157 Transport Engineering 2

Chemical Engineering Major courses no longer in the program structure

PROC2079 Fluid Flow and Particle Mechanics (Year two) 
PROC2077 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (Year two) 
PROC2078 Process Principles (Year three) 
PROC2082 Heat and Mass Transfer (Year three) 
PROC2085 Transfer Processes (Year four) 
PROC2089 Process Plant Design and Economics (Year four) 

PROC2086 Environmental and Hazard Analysis 

Students who have commenced a Major sequence prior to semester 1 2021 may be able to complete it if they complete 96cp of courses in the original major sequence. For advice please speak to your program manager.

Students requiring enrolment advice should contact their program manager. 

Transition Plan 2018

The following table shows courses that will be replaced/ amended from Semester 1 2018 as part of a program transition. If you have successfully completed any of the old courses before the commencement of Semester 1 2018 it will continue to count as a core course in your program and contribute towards the successful completion of your program.

Year

Old course

Credit Points

Year

Replacement / amended course/s

Credit Points

1

CIVE1185 Engineering Practice (Skills for Engineering)

12

1

OENG1166 Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice

12

2

MATH2123 Mathematics and Statistics

12

2

MATH2114 Numerical methods & Statistics for Engineers

12

2

OENG1035 Urban systems 1

12

2

OENG1035 Solid waste Management & LCA

12

3

OENG1037 Urban Systems 2

12

3

OENG1037 Urban Systems

12

3

OENG1039 Land Contamination and Geohazards

12

3

OENG1039 Land Contamination and Remediation

12

4

OENG1096 Integrated Workplace Project 1

24

4

OENG1167 Engineering Capstone Project Part A and one 12 credit point fourth year option course from your Program structure

2x12

4

OENG1042 Integrated Workplace Project 2 *

12

4

OENG1168 Engineering Capstone Project Part B

12


 

*Students who completed OENG1096 Integrated Workplace Project 1 (24cp) in 2017 will be able to complete OENG1042 Integrated Workplace Project 2 in Semester 1 2018.

The below Major Option courses will no longer be included as Major Options for this program from semester 1 2018.  If you have successfully completed one of these courses before the commencement of Semester 1 2018 it will continue to to be counted towards your program Major sequence.

Ground water Major Options

Credit Points

GEOM1176 Geographic Information 1

12

CIVE1153 Storm Water Management

12

Civil Engineering Major Options

Credit Points

CIVE1182 Transport Engineering 3

12

CIVE1173 Infrastructure Management

12

OENG 1113 China's Environmental Challenges

12

-Before 2018, OENG1096 Integrated Workplace Project 1 (24cp) incorporated 12 credit points of compulsory WIL work experience.

From 2018, OENG1096 Integrated Workplace Project 1 (24cp) will be replaced by OENG1167 Engineering Capstone Project Part A (12cp).

If you have not successfully completed OENG1096 Integrated Workplace Project 1 (24cp) before the Commencement of Semester 1 2018, you will take OENG1167 Engineering Capstone Project Part A (12cp) and you may choose to take the Option course OENG1165 Professional Engineering Experience or any other option course in your fourth year program structure.

Transition Statement 2015

If you have concerns about your ability to complete one of the majors, based on your previous course selections, discuss this with the program manager.

If you have completed OENG1040 Integrated Workplace Project 1 in 2014 or earlier, you will need to undertake one additional discipline option course  from the list provided in the program guide for the final year.

From Semester 1 2015 you will enrol in the new 24 credit point OENG1096 Integrated Workplace Project 1 course (see table below).

Final Year Old course no longer offered

Credit

Points

New or amended course

Credit

Points

Semester 1 OENG1040 Integrated Workplace Project 1 12 OENG1096 Integrated Workplace Project 1 24
Semester 1 Reduced discipline option choice 12 see above* see above*

* The new 24 credit point course OENG1040 Integrated Workplace Project 1 replaces two previous 12 credit point courses

If you have passed PROC2081 (Data Collection and Analysis) in 2013 or earlier, you will not need to undertake PROC2086 Environmental and Hazard Analysis from the list given in the Program Guide.

4th year OLD course no longer offered Credit Points 4th year NEW alternative course offered Credit Points
Sem 2 Proc2081 Data Collection and Analysis 12 Sem 1 Proc2086 Environmental and Hazard Analysis 12
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