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CHNG5005: Wastewater Engineering (2017 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG5005: Wastewater Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Em Prof Barton, Geoff
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to acquaint students with the application of chemical engineering concepts and practice to the important example of wastewater treatment; with a focus on sewage treatment.

The key issues that will be considered are: Wastewater creation and characterisation; Wastewater treatment and disposal costs; Primary, secondary and tertiary treatment options; High-rate anaerobic and aerobic treatment options; Sludge/solids management and water recovery/reuse options; Process integration and simulation considerations.

By the end of this unit, a student should have gained an engineering-based appreciation of the technical, economic and social challenges posed by wastewater generation and its cost-effective treatment.

This unit is an elective in chemical engineering. The concepts and enabling technologies taught here are relevant to the real-world practice of chemical engineering across a broad range of industries.
Assumed Knowledge: Ability to conduct mass and energy balances, and the integration of these concepts to solve `real` chemical engineering problems. Ability to understand basic principles of physical chemistry, physics and mechanics. Ability to use basic calculus and linear algebra, and carry out such computations using Matlab and MS Excel. Ability to read widely outside of the technical literature and to synthesise arguments based on such literature. Ability to write coherent reports and essays based on information from diverse sources.
Lecturer/s: Em Prof Barton, Geoff
Tutor/s: Sean Daly (postgraduate student in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering).
Timetable: CHNG5005 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Group assignment 2.00 1 6

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Develops the skills and tools needed for engineering practice - systems understanding of large classes of behavior. Critical thinking. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Problem solving skills. Application of conceptual material. Ability to cope with change. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Collate correct information from different sources for decision making. Research. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Reporting and communication skills. Communication (Level 3)
Project management. Interpersonal, group and teamwork skills. Project and Team Skills (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
1. To gain an operational and legal context for waste and specifically wastewater generation and treatment.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
2. To develop an awareness and comprehensive understanding of technologies (physical, chemical and biological) which may be used as effective treatments for liquid and some solid waste streams based on process principles.
Information Seeking (Level 3)
3. To explore issues pertaining to management of environmental hazards in the process industry.
Communication (Level 3)
4. Ability to write effective reports and improve oral communication skills
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
5. Ability to work in teams
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz No 20.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3,
2 Group Assignment Yes 30.00 Week 11 1, 2,
3 Quiz No 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
4 Final Exam No 30.00 STUVAC (Week 14) 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: The first quiz (90 minutes in-class) will focus on material in the first four lectures/tutorials of the course.

The group assignment (maximum group size of 3) will involve a guided (via a series of questions) exploration of the design and performance of a simplified wastewater treatment plant.

The second quiz (60 minutes in-class) will consist of a series of True/False questions covering all material in the course.

The final examination will be a take-home paper which will be posted on BlackBoard in the last week of the semester. Students will have approximately a week to complete this paper which will be handed in during Stuvac. Questions in this examination will cover all material examined in the course.
Assessment Feedback: All assessable material will be returned to students as rapidly as possible to allow for timely feedback on their progress and understanding.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: All lecture notes (given as PowerPoint presentations), tutorials and additional reading material are loaded up onto BlackBoard before the start of the semester, so that students can gain an appreciation of the course in its entirety, and make a decision as to whether this course is suitable for them.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 A detailed week-by-week overview of the lecture, tutorial and assessment schedule is given in the Unit of Study Overview document (posted on BlackBoard).
Week 5 Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 11 Assessment Due: Group Assignment
Week 13 Assessment Due: Quiz
STUVAC (Week 14) Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering (Environmental Fluids) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Master of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular) 2012
Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) 2012
Master of Engineering (Environmental) 2012
Master of Engineering (Sustainable Processing) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 2) No 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 33%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 45%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 11%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 7%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 4%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.