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CS4008 - Water and Wastewater Engineering

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Water, wastewater and stormwater treatment in the context of catchment management and sustainable development of our land, water and biological resources. The following topics are covered:Chemistry for water treatment methods of expressing concentration; physical properties of water; fundamentals of kinetics and equilibrium; pH and buffering techniques case studies involving chlorine, phosphorous and carbonates; the influence of pH on reaction equilibrium; project work.Water and wastewater treatment source selection; screening, sedimentation and flocculation; aeration; filtration; reverse osmosis; chlorination; disinfection; water quality standards and monitoring; catchment sources; pump stations; odour control; trade waste; primary and secondary treatment; clarifers; aerobic and anaerobic treatment; bio-solids; effluent reuse; biological nutrient removal.Catchment management and stormwater treatment the catchment context; catchment processes; water resource development; sustainability; natural resource management; water quality and aquatic ecology; urban stormwater management; water quantity and quality aspects; sediment and nutrient transport; management practices and treatments; case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply catchment drainage management techniques;
  • identify the important design parameters for constructed wetlands;
  • plan integrated water sensitive urban design;
  • functionally design water and wastewater treatment systems;
  • analyse the performance of water and wastewater treatment plants.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Bithin Datta
Lecturers: Dr Bithin Datta, Mr Max Burns.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 17 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.