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CHNG5005: Wastewater Engineering (2018 - 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: Key learning objectives are to provide students with an overview of wastewater treatment and the range of technologies currently used.

The key issues considered are: wastewater characterisation; the cost of wastewater treatment and disposal; the (Australian) regulatory framework; primary, secondary and tertiary treatment options; solids management and water reuse; process integration; an introduction to process simulation.
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: Federico Mazur and Sean Daly (postgraduate students 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 5
4 Independent Study 2.00 13

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
Group assignment. Chemical Engineering Applications (Core Chemical Engineering Part 3) (Level 5)
Comparing and evaluating alternative water and environmental treatment . Solution Development and Testing (Level 5)
Reviewing professional and research literature. Broad-Based Inquiry & Research (Level 5)
Report writing. Professsional Communication (Level 5)

For explanation of attributes and levels see CBE Learning Outcomes Progression Framework.

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.

Chemical Engineering Applications (Core Chemical Engineering Part 3) (Level 5)
1. To gain an operational and legal context for waste and specifically wastewater generation and treatment.
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.
3. To explore issues pertaining to management of environmental hazards in the process industry.
4. Ability to write effective reports and improve oral communication skills
5. Ability to work in teams
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz* No 20.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3,
2 Group Assignment (Part 1) Yes 10.00 Week 9 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2,
3 Group Assignment (Part 2) Yes 10.00 Week 11 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2,
4 Quiz* No 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
5 Final Exam No 40.00 STUVAC (Week 14) 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: The first quiz (90 minutes in-class) will focus on material in the first five 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 group assignment will be in two parts with the first part due in week 9 and second part in week 11.

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 Canvas 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.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: All lecture notes (given as PowerPoint presentations), tutorials and additional reading material are loaded up onto Canvas 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. Canvas login is at

Students will appreciate that this UoS cannot possibly teach them everything about wastewater treatment – it is at best a broad overview. Apart from the two recommended references given given above, three useful online contacts are as follows:

(i) IWES ( This commercial organization runs a wide range of excellent short courses for the ‘water professional’. Some of their material has been used in this UoS and is gratefully acknowledged.

(ii) Sydney Water ( This organization is the prime provider of ‘water services’ for the Sydney metropolitan area.

(iii) International Water Association ( This organization coordinates water associated activities (not just wastewater treatment) on a global basis.

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Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular 2018, 2019, 2015, 2016, 2017
Master of Engineering (Environmental Fluids) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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 / 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, 2018, 2019
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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, 2018, 2019
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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
Chemical Engineering Applications (Core Chemical Engineering Part 3) (Level 5) Yes 100%
Problem Identification and Analysis (Level 5) No 0%
Solution Development and Testing (Level 5) Yes 0%
Broad-Based Inquiry & Research (Level 5) Yes 0%
Professsional Communication (Level 5) Yes 0%
Creative Team Culture (Level 5) No 0%

These goals are selected from CBE Learning Outcomes Progression Framework which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See CBE Learning Outcomes Progression Framework 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.