Course Title: Pollution Control

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pollution Control

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Ylias Sabri

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3803

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 10, Level 10, Room 14

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

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

This course will use pre-recorded lecture videos, tutorial sessions, self-directed reading to develop the knowledge and skills that are essential for chemical engineers. You will be able to access course information and all learning materials (lecture notes, slides, etc.) through myRMIT Studies (Canvas). Assignments and tests will be used to test your understanding of the fundamentals and principles of interface engineering.

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: Test
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.