Water Chemistry - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - (Continuous) - 3 Quizzes (21%) , Assignment - Case Study 1200 words (14%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

The unit provides a fundamental understanding of the chemical and bio-chemical processes that impact on water and wastewater quality, and are involved in water and wastewater treatment. Chemical processes occurring as a consequence of release of wastewaters into receiving environments will also be covered in this unit.

With an understanding of these processes, the student should gain an improved appreciation of engineered systems, their operations and optimisation in the supply of potable water, wastewater treatment and reuse. This unit will provide knowledge of key chemical and biochemical processes relevant to undergraduate water and civil engineering.

Please note: This unit has an on-campus attendance requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Schedules section of the course page.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. detail and describe the purposes of various manufactured chemicals used in drinking water and wastewater treatment, in each stage of treatment
  2. detail and describe natural and synthetic pollutants in water and wastewater, and how water parameters are used to assess quality and treatment
  3. describe in detail the biological and chemical processes that occur in each key stage of drinking water and wastewater treatment
  4. investigate and describe both beneficial and detrimental processes that can occur in the supply of drinking water and treatment of wastewater
  5. describe key water and wastewater treatment infrastructure
  6. proficiently conduct basic laboratory procedures and water quality analyses applied in the water/wastewater industry.
  • Assessment — (Continuous) - 3 Quizzes (21%)
  • Assignment — Case Study 1200 words (14%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 3 hours (40%)
  • Report — Lab pracs 3 x 800 words each (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit has an on-campus requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Requirements section of the course page.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introductory chemistry
2Physical and inorganic chemistry
3Organic chemistry
4Biochemistry and microbiology
5Water quality parameters
6Water treatment processes (potable supplies)
7Coagulation and flocculation
8Membrane and desalination
10Wastes and wastewater treatment
11Pollutants in drinking water
12Chemical pollutants in industrial and domestic wastewaters
13Control of chemical use and pollutants in water and the environment

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Chemistry For Environmental Engineering

    By:Clair Nathan Sawyer & Perry L.

    ISBN: 9780072480665


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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