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Waste Management

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Overview

Waste Management is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

Waste is more than just what people throw in the bin. There are air-borne emissions, liquid wastes that impact on water supplies as well as the complex waste streams produced by industry that can have toxic impacts on the environment.

Waste Management is concerned with the management of various waste streams. We study waste avoidance and minimisation, best environmental practice and provide the tools for sound decision making at the design and implementation phases of waste management projects.

By studying Waste Management, you'll develop theoretical and practical skills for working in environmental control authorities, industry and elsewhere. If you are a student with an undergraduate degree in another discipline, gain investigative and management skills as part of an engineering education.

You can expect to find employment in environmental control authorities, urban and industrial workplaces, local government, education, or as a consultant.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:

  • Knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability, including:
    • Specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field
    • Knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures
    • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry
  • Skills for collaborative and creative problem solving in environmental practice, including:
    • Ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge
    • Ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change
    • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences
    • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams
    • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation
  • Demonstrated capacity to:
    • Exercise well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in an environmental discipline or professional field
    • Plan and execute a substantial project in an area of environmental research or practice

Upon successful completion of the Development specialisation, students will be able to:

  • Analyse various waste streams and identify opportunities for waste avoidance and minimisation
  • Design and implement strategies for waste management

Integrate knowledge and collaborate across disciplines and sectors to ensure the effectiveness of waste management projects

Structure

Students will be required to complete the two core subjects, plus choose three subjects from the compulsory specialisation subject list. Students in the 200 point pathway must take at least 12.5 points of subjects from the compulsory capstone subjects – these subjects enable students to complete an independent project in the area of waste management. Students in the 100 point pathway will not normally be required to complete this component. Students must also undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Waste Management major coordinator. More information about this stream can be found here:

http://environment.unimelb.edu.au/study/specialisations/waste-management

Subject Options

Core Subjects

Students must complete the following core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MULT90004 Sustainability Governance and Leadership
March
July
12.5
MULT90005 Interdisciplinarity and the Environment
March
Semester 2
12.5

Compulsory Specialisation

Students must complete at least three of the following compulsory specialisation subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ENEN90005 Environmental Management ISO 14000
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90006 Solid Wastes to Sustainable Resources
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90029 Water and Waste Water Management
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90031 Quantitative Environmental Modelling
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90032 Environmental Analysis Tools
Semester 2
12.5

Compulsory Capstone Experience

Students must complete at least 12.5 points from the following compulsory capstone subjects - please note that if you select either a 25 or 50 point research project that spreads across two semesters you must enrol into the Part 1 and Part 2 subjects over consecutive semesters. Students completing the 100 point pathway will normally be exempt from this requirement.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
NRMT90003 Social Research Methods
Semester 1
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
AGRI90076 Industry Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
July
12.5
ENST90035 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90036 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90037 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90038 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt2
January
July
25
ENST90039 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90040 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90041 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90042 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt2
January
July
25

Elective Subjects

Students should make up the balance of the award with electives. Subjects in the list below are recommended. Other subjects may be taken with the approval of stream coordinator.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
CHEM90007 Environmental Chemistry
Semester 1
12.5
ECON90016 Environmental Economics and Strategy
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90028 Monitoring Environmental Impacts
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90002 Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90017 Environmental Policy Instruments
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
October
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
FRST90034 Ecological Restoration
September
12.5
GEOL90005 Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS70068 Environmental Law
September
12.5
MAST90007 Statistics for Research Workers
Winter Term
12.5
POPH90014 Epidemiology 1
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90025 Water Sensitive Urban Design
February
12.5
GEOG90020 Risk Management and Public Participation
Semester 1
12.5
ABPL90009 Participation and Negotiation
July
December
12.5
MGMT90031 Project Management
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90230 Environmental Challenges & Global Health
July
12.5
ENST90032 Sustainability and Behaviour Change
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90005 Environmental Management ISO 14000
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90006 Solid Wastes to Sustainable Resources
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90029 Water and Waste Water Management
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90031 Quantitative Environmental Modelling
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90032 Environmental Analysis Tools
Semester 2
12.5
ENST70001 Environmental Research Proj (50 Long)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70002 Environmental Industry Research: 50 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90024 Environmental Research Project - 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90026 Environmental Industry Research: 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
NRMT90003 Social Research Methods
Semester 1
12.5
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
AGRI90076 Industry Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
July
12.5
LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90017 Science and Technology Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
Last updated: 3 April 2019