Course Outline

CIV400 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment systems

Course Coordinator:William Clarke ( School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course teaches the important concepts and fundamental principles of water supply and  wastewater treatment systems, as well as the processes involved in their operation. Topics covered include water and wastewater characteristics, design of water supply and wastewater collection systems, processes involved in the treatment of raw water and wastewater, and treatment and disposal of bio-solids. After completing this course you will be able to design, construct, operate and manage water supply and wastewater collection systems, as well as water and wastewater treatment plants.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Water Quality and Characteristics of Wastewater
  • Water Collection and Distribution
  • Wastewater Collection Systems
  • Pipes, valves and pumps
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Costs
  • Preliminary Treatment of Water and Wastewater
  • Primary Treatment of Water and Wastewater
  • Secondary Treatment of Water
  • Secondary Treatment of Wastewater – Activated Sludge, Anaerobic Treatment, Trickling Filters
  • Tertiary Treatment of Water and Wastewater – Disinfection, Membrane processes, Desalination
  • Sludge Treatment, Waste Handling and Disposal

What level is this course?

400 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Competencies from multiple Professional Bodies (see below) *
1 Demonstrate knowledge of engineering and technological processes by accessing information relevant to managing water supply and treating wastewater. Knowledgeable
1.5, 6.1.5, 6.2.1, 6.3.2
2 Evaluate information regarding managing and treating water and wastewater sustainably. Sustainability-focussed
2.3, 6.3.5
3 Apply processes used to manage and treat water and wastewater and the socio-economic factors that influence it. Empowered
1.5, 6.1.3, 6.2.2, 6.2.5
4 Discuss the implications of and outcomes from inappropriate application of engineering principles in managing and treating water and wastewater. Creative and critical thinker
1.5, 6.2.1, 6.3.4
5 Design a possible solution to a water and wastewater management and treatment problem or illustrate how engineering may be causing the problem. Engaged
2.3, 11.1.2, 11.1.4, 11.2.4, 11.3.1

* Competencies by Professional Body

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Professional Engineer Competency Standards
1.5 Knowledge and Skill Base: Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
2.3 Engineering Application Ability: Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
Education for Sustainable Development Goals
6.1.5 The learner understands the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and other strategies for ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation, including flood and drought risk management.
6.2.1 The learner is able to participate in activities of improving water and sanitation management in local communities.
6.3.2 The learner is able to contribute to water resources management at the local level.
6.3.5 The learner is able to evaluate, participate in and influence decision-making on management strategies of local, national and international enterprises related to water pollution.
6.1.3 The learner knows about the global unequal distribution of access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
6.2.2 The learner is able to communicate about water pollution, water access and water saving measures and to create visibility about success stories.
6.2.5 The learner is able to question socio-economic differences as well as gender disparities in the access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
6.3.4 The learner is able to plan, implement, evaluate and replicate activities that contribute to increasing water quality and safety.
11.1.2 The learner is able to evaluate and compare the sustainability of their and other settlements’ systems in meeting their needs particularly in the areas of food, energy, transport, water, safety, waste treatment, inclusion and accessibility, education, integration of green spaces and disaster risk reduction.
11.1.4 The learner knows the basic principles of sustainable planning and building, and can identify opportunities for making their own area more sustainable and inclusive.
11.2.4 The learner is able to contextualize their needs within the needs of the greater surrounding ecosystems, both locally and globally, for more sustainable human settlements.
11.3.1 The learner is able to plan, implement and evaluate community-based sustainability projects.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


MEC200 or ENG211


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In all tutorials, throughout semester, students will be asked to complete sample examination questions. Students will then discuss possible answers before being shown sample answers. Students will also be encouraged to raise any issues they have regarding any assessment task. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Professional Individual 30%
Max. 1500 words excl. Appendices.
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Artefact - Professional Group 40%
BIM model of the entire wastewater or water treatment system with costings and each element of the process clearly outlined.  An oral presentation of your design will be made in week 11 - maximum 15 minutes.
Week 11 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Quiz/zes Individual 30%
2 x 1 hour quizzes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Preliminary study and Design brief of a water system
This task is designed to model how a preliminary overview design is prepared for a water supply and wastewater collection system. You will collect the primary data and produce an overview design (i.e. to flowchart detail only) of a water supply and wastewater collection system for a small country town in rural Queensland. This design brief will then feed into Task 2.
Product: Artefact - Professional
Individual submission: Report submitted via Canvas. Your report includes a description of your water and wastewater collection system, as well as water distribution system design proposal, appropriate diagrams, anticipated components and design capacity, consideration and discussion of water quality and wastewater contaminants, flow variations and other relevant issues. <b>It will be necessary to make assumptions and these should be clearly stated.</b>
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy of answer, including appropriate application of correct design methodologies and validity of assumptions
1 5
Identification of environmental, social and economic factors
3 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Detailed design of water systems
Using a BIM model you will provide detailed designs of a water or wastewater treatment unit processes. Design data and assumptions from Assessment Task 1 may be used here. You should include preliminary costings in your report.
As part of your group work, you may be required to actively participate to Peer Assessment, review, feedback and debriefing activities.
Product: Artefact - Professional
Group submission of the BIM model through Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy of answer, including appropriate applications of correct design methodologies and 
 validity of assumptions.
1 4 5
All - Assessment Task 3:Quizzes
The final exam assesses the material covered in the course (lectures, tutorials and assignments) and the self-study material (e.g. prescribed reading). You will demonstrate your understanding of the Design of Water Systems and solve various issues relating to Water System topics.
Product: Quiz/zes
Individual submission. The quizzes will be a mixture of calculations, multiple choice and short answer
(diagrams and calculations may be required).
weeks 6 and 13
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accurate representation of the theoretical and practical components of engineering water and wastewater treatment systems.
Correct analysis and evaluation of information.
Provision of complete and accurate answers to the questions asked.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. 
To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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