Unit description

Introduces students to the principles and processes involved in the removal of contaminants from water. The unit covers  physical, chemical, and biological treatment principles, and the application of these principles to the design of functioning water treatment plants.

Unit content

Topic 1: Physical, chemical and biological considerations in water treatment
Topic 2: Treatment plant design components
Topic 3: Sedimentation
Topic 4: Biological treatment and microbiology
Topic 5: Activated sludge
Topic 6: Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR)
Topic 7: Water treatment modelling
Topic 8: Membrane reactors
Topic 9: Eco-technology
Topic 10: Potable water treatment

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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