Water and Waste Water Treatment Engineering

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Water and Waste Water Treatment Engineering

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENB201 or ENB280

    Assumed Knowledge: ENB274 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

    The provision of a safe, wholesome and adequate supply of water and the proper treatment, disposal, and reuse of wastewater are essential for protecting human health and well-being. Water and wastewater treatment are required for the control of water-born diseases and the provision of proper sanitation for urban, rural, and recreational areas. Water and wastewater treatment engineering is a major field of civil and environmental engineering and is manifested by sound principles and practice in terms of solving sanitation problems.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Understand the fundamentals and the importance of water and wastewater transfer and treatment in municipal engineering.
    2. Understand the principles of water and wastewater treatment including: physical, chemical, and biological treatment principles and the impacts of water pollutants on human health and the environment;
    3. Apply the fundamental principles of water and wastewater treatment in designing water and wastewater treatment schemes to remove pollutants;
    4. Understand the options available for water recycling and reuse and managing the residues resulting from water and wastewater treatment.
    • The Water Cycle, Surface Water, Groundwater and Water Quality Issues including Drinking Water Guidelines
    • Population Growth, Concept of Unit Processes, Chemical Dosing, Sedimentation/Clarification and Filtration
    • Field Trip to North Pine WTP or Mt Crosby WTP
    • Disinfection and other Unit Processes
    • Membrane Processes, Distribution and Reticulation Systems
    • Water Recycling and Reuse
    • Online Quiz on Water Treatment Section
    • Introduction to Wastewater Treatment
    • General Principles of Wastewater Treatment
    • Unit Processes in Wastewater Treatment. Grit and Screenings, Primary Sedimentation
    • Field Trip to Luggage Point WWTP
    • Biological Treatment. Trickling Filters and Activated Sludge including Biological Nutrient removal Treatment of Sludges, Tertiary Treatment, Self Purification in Rivers and Streams
    • Online Quiz on Wastewater Treatment Section Submit Field Trip Assignments and Exam Briefing/ Revision
    The above schedule may be slightly re-arranged. Tutorials will be run in most weeks.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Teaching Mode: 3 hours per week
    Lecture: 2
    Tutorial: 1
    This unit will be delivered in the form of formal lectures, site visits to a water treatment and sewerage treatment plant and tutorials. Students will be given the opportunity to report on the site activity and express their views by providing recommendations and conclusions.

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