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Water and Waste Water Management (ENEN90029)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENEN90029
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


In this subject students will learn about the fundamentals of water quality and the associated standards for use as potable water, recycled water or discharge into the environment in a sustainable manner. The subject will include the identification of risks and measures to control those risks and various treatment processes including physical, chemical and microbiological treatment of water and wastewater. The concept of integrated water management will be introduced and reinforced in the group based project work throughout the semester. Students will learn about the systems for water reclamation and reuse. This subject builds on a range of student’s general knowledge of water systems engineering that is developed in subjects like Systems Modelling and Design and builds on general knowledge of chemistry and biology. It is also assumed that students have developed skills on identifying and sourcing information, and can effectively work as a team to solve larger problems.

Graduates from this subject may apply the skills developed in the water supply, waste water treatment, or water sensitive urban design areas.


This subject covers theoretical and practical management aspects of sustainable water supply and treatment, wastewater treatment and reuse. Specific topics include:

  • Integrated water management
  • Risk identification and management for water services
  • Water quality guidelines, regulations and performance criteria for treatment plant design
  • Water treatment processes and waste disposal
  • Wastewater treatment - physical, chemical and biological treatment technologies
  • Systems for water reclamation and reuse.

The students will produce a conceptual design of a water and wastewater treatment system for a small town.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Interpret raw and treated water quality data to assess its suitability for potential use in potable or recycled water supply systems and the environment
  2. Interpret water quality guidelines and regulations to set water quality targets and performance criteria for treatment plant design
  3. Assess the need for water treatment, describe suitable water treatment processes and develop a water quality management plan
  4. Conduct a water quality risk assessment and propose a rational approach to water treatment process design providing “multiple barriers” to mitigate identified risks
  5. Appreciate practical issues such as flow and energy losses of water in pipes, variability of feed water (raw water) quality; water treatment process constraints; and cost implications
  6. Integrate a water treatment facility within a water supply system
  7. Knowledge of various treatment techniques for water, wastewater and recycled water.

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
  • Work effectively in a team.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

421-640 Water Supply and Waste Water Management


421-605 Managing Water Borne Risks

Recommended background knowledge

Admission to post graduate studies in Engineering OR

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CVEN30010 Systems Modelling and Design
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A group assignment task (15%) totalling 3000 words, due at week 6 of semester, requiring approximately 15 -20 hours of work per student. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 3 are addressed in this assignment
  • A group assignment task (35%) totalling 6000 words, due at week 11 of semester, requiring approximately 45-50 hours of work per student. ILOs 4 to 6 are addressed in the assignment
  • One 2-hour examination (50%) held in the examination period. ILOs 1 to 7 are addressed in the examination.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorMeenakshi Arora
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours54 hours (Lectures: 2 hours per week; Workshops: 2 hours per week; Practical site visit: one 6-hour)
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

    Dr. Meenaskshi Arora


Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes


    The subject is based on presentations by experienced university staff and industry professionals who present the lectures and case studies. The subject also involves problem based learning by doing a group project on conceptual design of integrated water and wastewater treatment plan.


    1. John C. Crittenden, R. Rhodes Trussell, David W. Hand, Kerry J. Howe, George Tchobanoglous, MWH's Water Treatment: Principles and Design, 3rd Edition, ISBN: 978-0-470-40539-0, Hardcover, 1920 pages, March 2012
    2. Wastewater Engineering by Metcalf & Eddy


    Presenters from water industry deliver several lectures and case studies with focus on industry problems. Students’ learning is enhanced by problem based learning and by completing a concept design of an integrated water and wastewater management project. Site visits are undertaken to enhance students understanding of operating environment of a water treatment plant and sewage treatment plant and recycled water treatment plant. The subject provides industry exposure and prepares students well for their career and work in professional engineering world.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 22 August 2019