Course Title: Waste Water Treatment and Recycling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Waste Water Treatment and Recycling

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
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 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021




120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Offsh2 13

Course Coordinator: Dr Maazuza Othman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2318

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with a detailed knowledge of the current practices in wastewater treatment in general, with specific reference to industrial wastewater treatment and technologies. Water treatment processes which allow for water recycling and reuse (typically in the final stage of treatment and commonly referred to as advanced wastewater treatment) are discussed. Emerging wastewater and water treatment processes are considered in the context of water recycling. Principles, objectives and basic criteria for the selection of processes for wastewater treatment and/ or recycling with attention to environmental sustainability are also addressed. You will visit wastewater treatment plants and recognise how discharge options and end use dictate process selection. You will also visit industrial wastewater treatment plants that employ different types of wastewater process units to achieve discharge limits and minimise trade waste charge.

During field trips and site visits you can discuss operational problems with process engineers and plant operators and become familiar with plant layouts. Through a project based-learning approach you are able to apply the knowledge gained during class sessions, activities and field trips to propose a treatment system for a given wastewater to achieve a specified end use. You will work both individually and in a team.

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. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH080 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)

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

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

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

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Define the quality parameters typically used to characterise wastewater and explain the different classes of treated wastewater.
  2. Describe various types of process units used for preliminary, primary and secondary treatment and explain how they achieve the target level of treatment
  3. Recognise and discuss emerging technologies for advanced wastewater treatment and water recycling
  4. Discuss water and wastewater treatment solid wastes management 
  5. Propose a treatment system for a given wastewater to achieve a specified end use
  6. Conduct basic design of treatment units 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn about wastewater treatment through pre-recorded weekly lectures supported by tutorials. You will attend lab demonstrations to gain hands-on experience concerning measurement of quality parameters and treatment processes using lab scale reactors. You can then participate in field trips to water and wastewater treatment plants. Further you will have  opportunities to demonstrate and develop your communication skills through working in teams and presentations 

Total study hours: You will undertake blended learning up to four hours per week viewing pre-recorded lectures and participating in on campus and online activities such as tutorials, lab demonstrations and tours of treatment plants. You can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study. 

Overview of Learning Resources

The course has a prescribed textbook which is available both in hard and soft copy. List of recommended text books available in the library, either hard or e-copies; links to relevant websites and useful on-line course related materials are provided on the Blackboard LMS.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

You will have the opportunity to undertake assessment tasks both individually and in teams. The course offers you regular feedback on learning through immediate feedback testing, which comprises individual and team learning components. Testing is spread across the semester. The design project gives you an opportunity to work in a team where you can apply both the knowledge acquired during the semester and build on relevant knowledge from previous courses.

 ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Short Quizzes

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

This is an immediate feedback test where you will receive the mark on the day along with the solution to the quiz questions

Assessment Task 2:  Project

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 5 & 6

Report marking criteria and presentation assessment criteria are available with the project handout and on Blackboard.

Feedback on project tasks is provided through group meetings during tutorial sessions and/or consultation times. Feedback on final report is provided through the assessment sheet criteria and rubrics 

Assessment Task 3: Take-Home Assignment

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

This assignment will be scheduled during weeks 14-15, the number of days allowed for the assignment will be announced during the semester.