Environmental and Sanitation Engineering

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental and Sanitation Engineering

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    60101 Chemistry and Materials Science OR 65111 Chemistry 1

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Description
    This subject introduces civil engineering students to basic environmental concepts and the environmental consequences of typical engineering activities. It applies material learnt in 48210 Interrogating Technology: Sustainability, Environment and Social Change and 60101 Chemistry and Materials Science to real-life situations encountered during planning, designing and implementing civil engineering projects. The subject helps students: develop an awareness of environmental issues; understand the implication of certain processes such as construction within a natural system and to become familiar with both preventive and management strategies to minimise air, water, soil and noise pollution; become familiar with the main aspects of environmental legislation; and understand concepts and design of water pollution control mechanisms.
    The main topics are environmental issues and their importance; pollution due to man-made activities, their types and their effect on natural ecosystems; an introduction to local and global environmental problems; environmental legislation and the importance of conducting environmental impact assessment; problems of waste generation and principles of landfill management; generation and management of toxic wastes; contaminated sites and their remediation; concepts of water pollution control; design of water and wastewater treatment works; and project case studies emphasising environmental issues.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. Show an awareness of environmental issues
    2. Recognise the implication of certain processes such as construction within a natural system and to become familiar with both preventive and management strategies to combat air, water, soil and? noise pollution.
    3. Apply the main aspects of environmental legislation,
    4. Identify concepts and design of water pollution control mechanisms
    This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.5, 1.6, 2.3, 2.4] (A.4)
    Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.1)
    Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.2)
    Implement and test solutions [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.2, 2.3,] (B.5)
    Demonstrate research skills [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.4, 2.1] (B.6)
    Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2] (C.1)
    Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.5, 3.6] (D.1)
    Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.2] (E.1)
    Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting [EA Stage 1 Competency:2.4, 3.2, 3.6] (E.2)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    The teaching and learning plan will include:
    Lectures, Tutorial sessions, Self-study, Group work and Laboratory testing and reporting
    Content
    The subject content is designed to meet the objectives of the subject as well as the overall course aims. The main topics that will be covered in this subject relate to:
    Environmental issues and their importance; pollution, their types and effects on natural ecosystems;
    Environmental legislation and the importance of conducting environmental impact assessment
    Problems of waste generation and principles of landfill management
    Concepts of water pollution and its control
    Design of water and wastewater treatment works
    Project case studies emphasising environmental issues
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Two laboratory practicals
    Intent:
    To learn how to measure some basic water quality parameters such as pH, suspended solids, dissolved oxygen and biochemical oxygen demand
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    4
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.1, B.5, D.1, E.1 and E.2
    Type: Laboratory/practical
    Groupwork: Group, group assessed
    Weight: 15%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Quality of report presentation (title page, introduction, investigative effort, discussion, conclusion and references) 20 4 E.1
    Contribution of the team work 20 4 E.2
    Accuracy of test results 20 4 B.1
    Justification of results testing 20 4 B.5
    Effectiveness of time management 20 4 D.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Mid semester exam
    Intent:
    To examine students understanding of the subject
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    1 and 4
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.4, B.1, B.5, C.1 and E.1
    Type: Mid-semester examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 20%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Application of sustainability theory 25 1, 4 A.4, C.1
    Correctness of answer 25 1, 4 B.1
    Justification of results 25 1, 4 B.5
    Clarity of answer 25 1, 4 E.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Final exam
    Intent:
    To examine students? understanding of the subject
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.4, B.1, B.5, C.1 and E.1
    Type: Examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 55%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Application of sustainability theory 25 1, 2, 3, 4 A.4, C.1
    Correctness of answer 25 1, 2, 3, 4 B.1
    Justification of results 25 1, 2, 3, 4 B.5
    Clarity of answer 25 1, 4 E.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 4: Treatment plant field visit report
    Intent:
    To let students experience the actual water and wastewater treatment processes
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    4
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.4, B.1, B.2, B.5, B.6 and E.1
    Type: Report
    Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
    Weight: 10%
    Length:
    Not more than 10 pages. Brochures, drawings, etc. can be additional.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Design capacity and future expansion of the plant 14 4 B.2
    A schematic diagram and a brief description of the processes involved 14 4 B.2, E.1
    Application of theoretical perspective to the actual treatment plant 14 4 B.5
    Correctness of research information 14 4 B.6
    Justification of recommendations with respect to design, operation and maintenance 14 4 B.1
    Evaluate the purpose of the treatment plant with respect to mitigation of environmental factors of the region. 14 4 A.4
    Report style and presentation 16 4 E.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    To pass the subject, students are required to get an aggregate of 50% and must receive a final exam mark > 45%. Laboratory attendance and report are compulsory components of this subject. You will fail if you miss attending labs.

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