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CHNG5006: Advanced Wastewater Engineering (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG5006: Advanced 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 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study addresses inter-related issues relevant to wastewater treatment including: the diverse nature of wastewater and its characteristics; an overview of conventional wastewater treatment options; the use of commercial software in designing and evaluating a range of advanced wastewater treatment options including biological nutrient removal; the potential role of constructed wetlands in domestic and industrial wastewater treatment; wastewater management in the food processing, resources, and coal seam gas production industries; researching advanced wastewater treatment options.
Assumed Knowledge: CHNG5005 OR CHNG3804.
Lecturer/s: Em Prof Barton, Geoff
Timetable: CHNG5006 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 Laboratory 1.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 2.00 1 13

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
1. Use the available literature to research wastewater treatment options.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
2. Recognise how treatment options vary between different industrial sectors (eg food processing; mining; coal seam gas production).
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
3. Identify the sources of Wastewater and Wastewater as a renewable resource
4. Characterise (domestic and industrial) wastewater
5. Adapt knowledge and skills to identify how sewage treatment options vary with the wastewater and the required effluent quality.
6. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of how constructed wetlands can provide a cost-effective option for treating both domestic and industrial wastewater.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
7. Use commercial software for simulating sewage treatment plants.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Technical Report Yes 20.00 Week 6 3, 4,
2 Simulation Project Yes 25.00 Week 9 5, 7,
3 Project No 15.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 (Take-home) Exam No 40.00 STUVAC (Week 14) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to wastewater and its treatment
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Characterising wastewater (domestic and industrial)
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Environmental considerations: Wastewater as a renewable resource?
Week 4 Lecture: Overview of sewage treatment options
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Simulating sewage treatment plants
Week 6 Advanced sewage treatment options (I)
Assessment Due: Technical Report
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Advanced sewage treatment options (II)
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Anaerobic digester behaviour/performance
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Use of constructed wetlands in wastewater treatment
Assessment Due: Simulation Project
Week 10 Managing industrial wastewaters (I): food processing sector
Assessment Due: Project
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Managing industrial wastewaters (II): resources sector
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: Researching advanced wastewater treatment options
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: Unit of study revision
STUVAC (Week 14) Assessment Due: (Take-home) Exam

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, 2020, 2021, 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2021, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Master of Professional Engineering (Sustainability and Environmental Engineering) 2021

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 7%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 10.25%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 68.75%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 14%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.