This course teaches the important concepts and fundamental principles of wastewater systems (including wastewater contaminants, characteristics, estimation of wastewater flows, collection systems, simple design of sewers, and preliminary and primary treatment systems), biological and other treatment processes, and treatment and disposal of bio-solids. After completing this course, you will be able to design, construct, operate and manage wastewater collection systems and wastewater treatment plants
|Learning materials – Asynchronous learning material||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online workshop||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 2 – On campus tutorial||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Wastewater Treatment Systems, Characteristics of Wastewater
Wastewater Collection Systems
Preliminary Treatment of Wastewater
Primary Treatment of Wastewater
Secondary Treatment of Wastewater – Treatment Ponds, Trickling Filters, Rotating Biological Contactors
Secondary Treatment of Wastewater – Activated Sludge
Tertiary Treatment of Wastewater (Advanced Treatment),
Sludge Treatment and Disposal
Natural Treatment of Wastewater, Process Control
400 Level (Graduate)
|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 * Engineers Australia|
|1||Research and access relevant engineering resources and recent developments in managing and treating wastewater.||Knowledgeable||
|2||Evaluate information regarding managing and treating wastewater sustainability.||Sustainability-focussed||
|3||Explain and understand the technological processes used to manage and treat wastewater and the socio-economic factors that influence it.||
|4||Discuss the implications of and outcomes from inappropriate application of engineering principles in managing and treating waste water.||Empowered||
1.1, 1.2, 2.4
|5||Design a possible solution to a waste water management and treatment problem or illustrate how engineering may be causing the problem.||
|1.1||Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.|
|1.2||Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.|
|1.4||Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.|
|2.1||Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.|
|2.2||Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.|
|2.4||Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
It is assumed that students have appropriate knowledge regarding the engineering design process.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Each week throughout semester, students will be able to complete questions before and in tutorials which are similar to the questions they will have in the exam. Solutions to these questions will be discussed in the tutorials are will be available in Canvas. This gives students constant formative feedback on their understanding of the course material and progress during semester.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 5||Online Submission|
|Week 11||Online Submission|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||50%||
|Exam Period||Exam Venue|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Wastewater Collection Systems assignment 1|
This task is designed to model how a preliminary overview design is prepared for a wastewater collection system. You will produce an overview design (i.e. to flowchart detail only) of a wastewater collection system for a small country town in rural Queensland. This design brief will then feed into Task 2.
Individual submission, brief report format in doc. or .docx file, submitted via Canvas including: a description of your wastewater collection system design proposal, including appropriate diagrams, anticipated components and design capacity. consideration and discussion of wastewater contaminants and flow variations other relevant issues It will be necessary to make assumptions and these should be clearly stated
|All - Assessment Task 2:Wastewater Treatment Assignment 2|
You are to use the data from Task 1 and provide detailed designs of a wastewater treatment system to process the flows generated by the small country town in rural Queensland. You should include preliminary costings in your report.
Individual submission, brief engineering report in .doc or .docx file, submitted via Canvas.
|All - Assessment Task 3:End of semester exam|
You will be required to complete a 2 hour examination based on information covered in the learning materials, and you will be required to demonstrate your understanding of various issues relating to the topics presented. This will include your analysis of information provided.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
Five examination questions which will require short essay responses (diagrams and calculations may be required
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. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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