Environmental Resource Management

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Resource Management

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENB274 or ENB200 or BEB200 is assumed knowledge.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit addresses management of solids and hazardous wastes generated from domestic, commercial, and industrial sources. It includes the following: waste minimisation; promotion of efficient use of resources; promotion the use of waste through recycling and energy production; viewing waste as a resource; reducing the mass, volume and toxicity of the waste; disposing of waste in a socially and environmentally acceptable manner; waste avoidance; recycling; energy production; treatment; disposal. Waste management is an important aspect of civil and environmental engineering education.
    Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Explain basic concepts and techniques used for the investigation and analysis of groundwater flow and contaminant transport.
    2. Investigate and design the construction of geotechnical solutions for waste containment and for soil and groundwater pollution control.
    3. Explain the principles of waste management, and hierarchy of waste management options, including waste avoidance; recycling; energy production; treatment; and disposal;
    4. Apply and evaluate strategies and technologies available for waste minimisation, recycling, energy production, treatment and disposal
    This unit covers the following:
    • Introduction to Environmental Resource Management
    • Fundamental principles of Contaminant Hydrogeology, Chemistry and Waste Management
    • Site investigation and Risk Assessment
    • Principles of Landfill Design and Operations
    • Visit to a Landfill and a port
    • EMS/ Waste Management Plans, OH&S
    • Industrial Waste Management
    • Acid sulphate, soil investigations as part of engineering projects
    • Control and Remediation: Site selection to minimise contamination. Case studies of contaminant control and site remediation
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Total hours per week: 4
    Lectures: 2 by 2 hr lectures
    Site visits: 2
    Formal lecture sessions cover the theory and illustrate some practical applications of the concepts studied. Lecture slides and additional readings will be made available online on the unit website. The unit is very practically oriented with assessment based on a group project including group visits to a nominated port facility and landfill. The group project will be given in Week 3 of the Semester with oral presentation and written submission due at the end of the Semester. Progress reports will be assessed around 3 weekly intervals to ensure effective project and time management.

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