OnlineStudy Period 6Study Period 6

Unit description

Introduces students to the complexities of waste management and associated technologies in industry and community settings. The waste management industry is worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually and all communities must deal with this issue. This unit uses case studies, practical and field experiences and a multidisciplinary approach to explore the expanding range of technologies to manage waste in appropriate and effective ways.

Unit content

  1. Types of waste
  2. Waste disposal
  3. Waste minimisation
  4. Dealing with difficult waste
  5. Site remediation and rehabilitation.
  6. Life cycle assessment
  7. Waste management technology in industry
  8. Waste management in the community
  9. Waste policy
  10. The future

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

Study Period 6

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

Teaching and assessment

Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Lecture online 3 hr (6 wks)
Residential session 2 days (once)
Structured online learning 1 hr (5 wks)
Exam: closed book40%

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


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