Course Title: Advanced Soil Remediation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Soil Remediation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Jorge Paz-Ferreiro

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0878

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.19

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No pre-requisites or co-requisites.

Course Description

The course will produce an in-depth knowledge of the main soil pollutants, including sources and risks, and the techniques available to minimise its impacts.

This course offers you an opportunity to study advanced knowledge and techniques for managing contaminated soils. Traditional and novel or emerging technologies for soil remediation are presented in this course. Case studies of soil remediation taken from several Continents are introduced.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Understand the sources and behaviour of contaminants, including heavy metals, organic compounds and radioisotopes.
  2. Understand how to identify and delineate soil contamination.
  3. Understand pollutant transformation in soils
  4. Apply a range of contemporary and novel soil remediation techniques in order to attenuate the impact of pollutants and critically evaluate its suitability to particular situations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

2.1 Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

3.1. 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

4.2. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline

4.5 Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience

5.2. Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

5.3 Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering challenges

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Understand and evaluate alternatives for soil remediation.
  2. Interpret information on soil contamination and its significance.
  3. Implement engineering designs for soil remediation.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities in this course may include lectures, tutorials, independent reading and study, class discussions and workshops, presentations, projects and/or other activities.

Real case studies in soil remediation will be provided. The theoretical principles and practical engineering methodologies associated with the remediation of contaminated soil are explained in this course. Topics to be considered include: Industrial and agricultural contamination of soil. Potential hazards to human health and the environment. Planning and legislative issues in land-use change and redevelopment. International approaches. Site investigation: preliminary, exploratory, detailed and monitoring. Soil testing. Risk assessment. Remediation options: removal, containment, hydraulic, thermal, physical, chemical, biological, and stabilisation. Selection of options: feasibility, effectiveness, cost. Design and implementation: technical design, project planning, supervision, documentation and reporting.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of relevant reading material including RMIT library resources and professional internet sites. You will be able to access course information and online learning materials (such as lecture information) through MyRMIT. You will be expected to source other reading and learning material for course projects through the RMIT library.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Assignment 1:
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Project Report
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4  

Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3