Warning! This subjects requires on campus attendance. Refer to Special Requirements for more information.

Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Introductory chemistry
    • Physical and inorganic chemistry
    • Organic chemistry
    • Biochemistry and microbiology
    • Water quality parameters
    • Water treatment processes (potable supplies)
    • Coagulation and flocculation
    • Membrane and desalination
    • Disinfection
    • Wastes and wastewater treatment
    • Pollutants in drinking water
    • Chemical pollutants in industrial and domestic wastewaters
    • Control of chemical use and pollutants in water and the environment
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Virtual Classroom
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

  • AttendanceDetails - This subject has a 2 day on-campus attendance requirement. The on-campus schedule for Study Period 3 2018 is 9am Thursday 27 September 2018 to 5pm Friday 28 September 2018.
  • EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • OtherDetails -

    Travel and accommodation resources

    Financial support

The subject 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 subject.

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 subject will provide knowledge of key chemical and biochemical processes relevant to undergraduate water and civil engineering.

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

  • Assignment 1 - (Continuous) - 3 Quizzes (21%)
  • Assignment 2 - Lab pracs 3 x 800 words each (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - 3 hours (40%)
  • Assignment 4 - Case Study 1200 words (14%)

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 subject

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