Course Title: Environmental Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Linhua Fan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3692

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.21

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that you have successfully completed the following chemical engineering courses: PROC2077 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals and PROC2078 Process Principles, and that you are familiar with the inherent vocabulary, concepts, and techniques. 

Course Description

This course provides you with the opportunity to explore the application of chemical engineering principles to environmental engineering sectors or areas of specialist expertise in depth. The course topics may vary each year to reflect the development and trends of the industry. Wastewater reclamation is a current focus of the course as it has become a critical option to address the shortage of freshwater due to climate change, population growth, and environmental pollution, and a vital pathway towards a circular economy. 

You will learn the principles and applications of the existing wastewater reclamation technologies, including membranes, advanced oxidation processes, nutrient removal and disinfection, and the management of the wastes generated from the reclamation facilities. 

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:

Knowledge and Skill Base

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

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

1.3. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

Engineering Application Ability

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

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

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify and elaborate the key characteristics of a particular industry sector.
  2. Apply chemical engineering principles to investigate certain industrial processes.
  3. Apply chemical engineering principles to the design of certain unit operations within a particular industry sector.
  4. Participate effectively and creatively in a team environment.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn this course through pre-recorded lectures, lab practice sessions, and work both individually and collaboratively on assignments with your peers. The course is supported by the University learning management system.

Total study hours: You will undertake the equivalent of three hours per week in lectures and tutorials. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of three hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of materials, including pre-recorded lecture videos, will be available on the University learning management system.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on both individual and group collaborative performance.

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Tasks by Module:

NB All of the assessment tasks below support CLOs 1,2,3.

Task 1: Class Test
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3

Task 2: Assignment 1 - Lab Report on Water Quality Analysis (Individual)
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Task 3: Assignment 2 - Written Report and Seminar Presentation on a given project topic (Group)
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, and 4