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CS4008 - Water and Wastewater Engineering

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
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

  • demonstrate knowledge of water quality, treatment regulations, water quality constraints and future directions in water and wastewater treatment and processing;
  • demonstrate knowledge in characteristics of constructed wetlands;
  • identify and employ catchment drainage management techniques in order to plan water sensitive urban design;
  • identify treatment unit requirements for various polluted water sources;
  • calculate key design parameters for water and wastewater treatment units.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Technical report - (30%) - Individual.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Miss Laura Kuskopf.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 17 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.