Course Title: Advanced Technologies for Wastewater Reclamation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Technologies for Wastewater Reclamation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Linhua Fan

Course Coordinator Phone: 613 9925 3692

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Wastewater reclamation has become a critical component in the management of urban water resources worldwide. The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills in using advanced physical, chemical and biological technologies for wastewater reclamation. The course covers the principles of the available advanced technologies including reverse osmosis based processes, membrane bio-reactor, advanced oxidation processes and integrated biological processes, disinfection of recycled water and management of the wastes generated from wastewater reclamation facilities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC254 Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering):


  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities.
  • Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

Professional Practice:

  • Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities.
  • Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
  • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership.


Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Appraise the causes and impact of water quality issues and propose potential solutions which optimise outcomes for all stakeholders.
  2. Conceptually map and justify the use of specific methods for characterising water contaminants.
  3. Review regulations applying to wastewater recycling/reuse and investigate complexities and challenges in their application.
  4. Critically apply the principles of advanced physical, chemical and biological technologies for wastewater reclamation in a variety of contemporary and emerging contexts to design, operate and manage wastewater reclamation schemes.

Overview of Learning Activities


The learning activities in this course include attendance at lectures; laboratory/practice sessions; completion of an individual lab report; a written report of a group project and a seminar; two class tests; and self-directed learning.

Authentic case study materials will be provided for developing an integrated solution to the issues associated with wastewater reclamation schemes in terms of social, environmental, legal, economic and technological requirements. A local wastewater reclamation facility will be used as an example for enhancing students’ understanding about expectations of key stakeholders, associated risks, rationale of the selected unit operations, key design parameters and environmental management of the treatment process.

Laboratory sessions will develop your technical skills in risk identification through characterisation of wastewater. You will be required to complete a written report consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning materials will be posted on the Learning Hub and you may be given printed class notes when appropriate. You will be interrogating the current and emerging literature/applications with local, national and global relevance. Access to up-to-date research journals, conference proceedings and e-books will be facilitated via RMIT Library.

Overview of Assessment


The learning of this course is assessed through individual and group tasks, including a lab report, two class tests, and a group written report and seminar presentation.


☒This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks


Early Assessment Task: Laboratory Report (Individual)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Class Test 1

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3


Assessment Task 3: Written Report and Seminar (Group)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports, CLOs 1, 3 & 4

Assessment 4: Class Test 2

Weighting 25%

This assessment supports, CLO 4