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Unit description

Focuses on chemical and engineering solutions for dealing with waste, now and in the future. Students will develop an understanding of the existing, new and emerging technologies available for resource recovery. From this understanding they will be challenged to develop innovative thinking to solve waste problems.

Unit content

Materials Science - primary definitions and broad character

Economics & Policy

Waste Categorisation

Chemistry and Engineering of Resource Recovery

  • Reducing disorder
  • Engineering of sorting
  • Combustion
  • Pyrolysis
  • Bioconversion
  • Chemical sorting

Current Methods and Innovations

  • Household waste
  • E-waste
  • Transport waste
  • Industrial waste
  • Construction waste
  • Mining waste

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (once during session)
Tutorial online 1 hour (3 weeks)
Exam: practical30%
Project report40%
Exam: closed book30%

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 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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