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CHNG5005: Wastewater Engineering (2016 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||CHNG5005: Wastewater Engineering (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering|
A/Prof Barton, Geoff
|Session options:||Semester 1|
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|Brief Handbook Description:||This unit of study (UoS) 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 characterization; 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 UoS, 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 UoS 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.|
A/Prof Barton, Geoff
|Tutor/s:||Sean Daly (postgraduate student in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering).|
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)
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.|
|Policies & Procedures:||See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ 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 https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|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|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|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.