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49127 Decentralised Environmental Systems

6cp; block mode; availability: MEEM, ME (Environmental Engineering)
Requisite(s): (120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10061 Bachelor of Engineering Diploma Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10066 Bachelor of Engineering Science OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10067 Bachelor of Engineering OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09067 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09066 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)) AND (48350 Environmental and Sanitation Engineering OR 48840 Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
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Students who have undertaken subjects such as Environmental Science, Water Studies, Environmental Chemistry, Water and Wastewater Treatment and Water Supply and Water Treatment may benefit from undertaking this subject.


Postgraduate

Description

A growing and resource intensive global population has placed significant stress on the quality of our water and air resources. To maintain, or improve, our quality of life it is essential to minimise water and air pollution problems. With respect to water quality, the development of decentralised water and wastewater treatment systems is becoming more commonplace in unsewered parts of Australia and other countries in the world. Decentralised systems have many advantages compared to centralised systems, for some circumstances. This subject introduces students to the differences in using centralised and decentralised systems and discusses different types of decentralised systems available for water supply and wastewater management for single households or small complexes of units. The subject introduces students to the different technical aspects and allows them to develop skills in the design and principles of these systems. This subject also looks at the overall management of water from water supply to wastewater generation, treatment, and re-use on-site. One aspect of the subject is to look at the different types of systems available in Australia and understand the technology that is applied. Current environmental legislation related to decentralised wastewater treatment and disposal, its strengths and its shortcomings are also covered in this subject.

Regarding air quality, this subject introduces students to the theory, knowledge and skills that are required to successfully undertake air pollution investigations that may be required as part of their professional engineering practice. Students learn about the key role that engineering plays in understanding the sources and impacts of air pollution, and implementing methods of control.

Students who are interested in solving problems in a sustainable manner and who have interests related to town planners, local council officials, small scale system operators, surveyors and architects gain knowledge on decentralised systems and air pollution control.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus


Detailed subject description.

Access conditions

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