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Solid Wastes to Sustainable Resources (ENEN90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENEN90006
Semester 1
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In this subject students will learn about the fundamentals of the solid waste stream in modern society. Emphasis will be placed on the life cycle aspects of waste and the prospect of minimizing waste and maximizing the economic value of waste streams. Interaction between solid wastes and liquid and gaseous waste streams will also be considered. The subject builds on knowledge from subjects such as CVEN90043 Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering where general principles of sustainability are discussed. Student knowledge of systems and material cycles, learnt in subjects such as ENEN90031 Quantitative Environmental Modelling and CVEN30010 Systems Modelling and Design or their equivalent in other subjects forms the basic grounding for the subject. The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a career in waste management, but is also relevant to a range of engineering design disciplines where design for the total life cycle of the product or infrastructure should be considered.


Regulatory aspects of waste management, sustainability programs in government and private sector, life cycle assessment, organic waste treatment and management, inorganic waste treatment and management, landfill hydrology and design, cleaner production strategies, hazardous waste management, collection and transport logistics.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Describe the major environmental problems caused by inappropriate production and disposal of solid by-products manufacturing and consumption
  2. Identify and describe the role of various systems of treatment of hazardous wastes
  3. Classify and model sources of solid wastes
  4. Conduct life cycle analysis and cleaner production assessments
  5. Apply principles of sustainable development to the management of solid by-products
  6. Identity design inputs to enable the avoidance, minimization, recycling, re-use and treatment of solid by-products
  7. Analyse the role of regulatory systems in solid wastes management.

Generic skills

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Last updated: 23 January 2019