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Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering Subject Code:

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering

Subject Code:


Subject name:


Pre-requisite: None Co-requisite: None

Assumed knowledge: Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Credit points:

6 (12 hours per week including contact time)


Spring Session 2016, Wollongong Campus






Subject Coordinator and Lecturer


A/Prof. Muttucumaru Sivakumar (Siva)


4221 3055


Consultation times:

Face to Face: Thur 01.30pm - 03.30pm By email appointment: Mon 09.30am - 11.30am

Tutors and Lab Demonstrators


A/Prof. Muttucumaru Sivakumar (Siva)

Contact details as above


Mohammad Ramezanianpour (Mohammad)



Zhang Ying (Amber)



Samuel Kelly (Samuel)



Nadeeka Miguntanna (Nadeeka)



Subject Outline

The subject is designed to introduce environmental engineering and management concepts at a fundamental level that leads to sustainable development. Topics include integrated water cycle management, concepts of ecological engineering and impacts of climate change. The environmental problems and solutions relating to natural resources, ecological systems, water pollution, water quality processes in rivers and lakes, water supply and treatment processes, wastewater collection, treatment and re-use, water quality guidelines and other global environmental issues will be discussed. The lecture components will be complemented with tutorials and laboratory classes and a field trip.

Subject Learning Outcomes

By participating in and understanding all facets of this subject a student will be able to:


Identify major world's water problems and possible solutions for sustainable development.


Understand water quality issues relating to water resources and wastewater for sustainable development.


List a framework for water quality management.


Solve problems relating to natural purification processes.


Design unit processes in water and wastewater treatment for recycling and reuse.


Conduct simple experiments and assess water quality of a given water sample.

Table 1: Learning outcomes and graduate capabilities


Learning Outcome

UOW Engineering Graduate Capabilities (see Table 2)


Identify major world's water problems and possible solutions for sustainable development.

1, 2, 8, 9, 10


Understand water quality issues relating to water resources and wastewater for sustainable development

1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10


List a framework for water quality management.

1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10


Solve problems relating to natural purification processes.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10


Design unit processes in water and wastewater treatment for recycling and reuse.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10


Conduct simple experiments and assess water quality of a given water sample.

1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8

Table 2: University Graduate Attributes and Engineering Graduate Capabilities

The relationship between the Engineering Graduate Capabilities and the University of Wollongong Graduate Attributes can be seen in the table below.

UOW General Graduate Qualities





Informed Have a sound knowledge of an area of study or profession and understand its current issues, locally and internationally. Know how to apply this knowledge. Understand how an area of study has developed and how it relates to other areas.

Professional knowledge, grounding & awareness


Independent learners Engage with new ideas and ways of thinking and critically analyse issues. Seek to extend knowledge through ongoing research, enquiry and reflection. Find and evaluate information, using a variety of sources and technologies. Acknowledge the work and ideas of others.

Information literacy, gathering & processing


3 Research, analysis & evaluation

Problem solvers Take on challenges and opportunities. Apply creative, logical and critical thinking skills to respond effectively. Make and implement decisions. Be flexible, thorough, innovative and aim for high standards.

4 Problem solving skills

Effective communicators Articulate ideas and convey them effectively using a range of media. Work collaboratively and engage with people in different settings. Recognise how culture can shape communication.

5 Written communication

6 Oral communication

7 Teamwork

Responsible Understand how decisions can affect others and make ethically informed choices. Appreciate and respect diversity. Act with integrity as part of local, national, global and professional communities.

8 Respect for views, values,

culture of others


Ethics and Professionalism

10 Sustainability, societal & environmental impact

Subject Notes

All lecture/tutorial materials to be presented in lectures will be made available via the Moodle site. All students are expected to do the following:

(i) Before coming to each lecture and tutorial class, view the relevant notes and bring either a printout OR soft copy in a suitable electronic device (eg: Laptop, tablet etc). For laboratory classes, it is compulsory for you to bring a hard OR a soft copy of the relevant laboratory manual and relevant aids to record and calculate experimental results. (ii) Additional materials presented in the lectures may also be made available via the Moodle site after completion of the week’s lecture.


None is recommended.

Other Reference Books

Recommended References (These books have been placed in the library as short term loan)


Benjamin, M. M and Lawler, D.F. (2013) Water Quality Engineering : Physical/chemical treatment processes, Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons.


Davis, M. L. and Cornwell, D.A. (2008) Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Fourth edition, McGraw-Hill.


Crittenden, J and Montgomery Watson Harza (2005) Water Treatment: Principles and Design Published Hoboken, N.J.; John Wiley.


Metcalf and Eddy Inc. (2003) Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Reuse, Published Boston: McGraw-Hill.


Kiely, G. (1997) Environmental Engineering, McGraw-Hill.


Peavy, H.S., Rowe, D.R. and Tchobanoglous, G. (1985) Environmental Engineering, McGraw- Hill.

Other Useful References


Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) (2004), Water recycling in Australia, Published Parkville, Victoria.


Corbitt, R.A. (1990) Standard Handbook of Environmental Engineering, McGraw-Hill.


Barnes, D., Bliss, P.J., Gould, B.W. and Vallentine, H.R. (1981) Water and Wastewater Engineering Systems, Pitman.


AWWA (1984) Introduction to Water Treatment - Principles and Practice of water supply operations, American Water Works Association.

Useful Websites for Introductory Material on Global Water Issues



Information on the worlds freshwater resources.



International site- multi-stakeholder platform for a water secure world.



World bank on water supply/sanitation, financing etc



Sustainable Water Supply & Sanitation collaborative council for all people.



Aust. Govt. site: Department of the Environment.


public.wmo.int/en WMO site: working with weather, climate and water.



UN Environment Program- Water stats, Global monitoring- water quality, world

freshwater ecosystems etc

These recommended readings are not intended as an exhaustive list and that students should use the Library catalogue and databases to locate additional resources.

Additional Materials No additional material needs to be purchased


Lecture /tutorial /laboratory times



Day (weeks)






Monday (weeks 1-10,12 and 13)



am - 01.30 pm


Room 35G20

Tutorial A

Monday (weeks 1-10,12 and 13)


pm - 04.30 pm



Tutorial B

Monday (weeks 1-10,12 and 13)


pm - 06.30 pm



Practical A


Monday (weeks 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8)


pm - 04.30 pm

ENVE lab: 8.126

Practical B

Monday (weeks 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8)


pm - 06.30 pm

ENVE lab: 8.126

Practical C


Wednesday (weeks 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8)


pm - 03.30 pm

ENVE lab: 8.126

Assessment tasks, due dates and feedback





Date (due)

Time (due)



Feedback by




Class Test (I)


(week 6:

Tut A: 03.30 pm - 04.30 pm





Aug 2016)


Week 8


Tut B: 04.30 pm - 05.30 pm



Mini research


(week 8:

e-Report and Video files:


Submit via Moodle site (only WORD-not pdf and mp4 video files)


project: e-


Sept 2016)







(week 9:

Video Presentation: 11.30am

Week 10



Sept 2016)


Lab report due


(week 9:



Submit via Moodle site (only WORD file- not pdf)

Week 11



Sept 2016


Field trip

(week 12:



Submit via Moodle site (only WORD file- not pdf)

Week 13

report (G)


Oct 2016)


Recent improvements

New topics on fundamentals of environmental management, aspect of climate change, ecological engineering and sustainable development principles as well as Video presentation are included.

SPARK PLUS program will also be used to assess group work.

All written assignments submissions are via the Moodle site.


Students are expected to attend all lectures, tutorials, oral (video) presentation, laboratory classes and field trip. The attendance may be checked randomly in any of the above classes. However attendance at laboratory classes, video presentation and field trip is compulsory. All students must show to the tutor satisfactory experimental observations/calculations before leaving each laboratory class.


Tutorial/Mini-research project (Journal paper) groups

For this activity, students have the choice of selecting their own group during week 1 (latest) via SOLS. There will be 6 students in each group. Those who have not found any suitable groups by the end of week 1 will be allocated by the lecturer. This will have to be finalised by week 1. The mini research project (e-Report) preparation, video presentation and submission will be undertaken by the same group of six.

Laboratory/Field trip groups (Schedule, manual and Induction)

Lab schedule:

Lab/Field trip groups will be the same as the tutorial group. All reports for these two activities will also be submitted as a group. Each student must undertake 4 sets of experiments. The laboratory schedule will be made available via the subject’s Moodle site by the end of week 2.

Lab. manual:

A copy of the laboratory manual that contains details of all 4 experiments will be made available via the

subject’s Moodle site by the start of week 3. All students must read and print the relevant laboratory experimental manual and bring it to the laboratory class to record data. Those who have not read and brought a copy of the relevant laboratory manual will not be allowed in the laboratory to undertake any experiments.

Lab. induction:

All students undertaking environmental engineering laboratories should undergo a compulsory training and laboratory induction program under the supervision of the Senior Technical Officer Dr Tie Ling (Linda) in week 2. Those who have not undergone such training will not be allowed to undertake any environmental related experiments in the laboratories. A copy of the engineering laboratory safety manual can be obtained from the website:


All students must sign an acknowledgement form (see http://eis.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@eis/@research/documents/doc/uow212212.pdf

the effect they have undergone the lab induction and a signed copy should be lodged with (Linda) prior to undertaking any practical classes.


to Dr Tie Ling


A compulsory field trip (8.00am to 6.00pm) will take place in week 11, Monday 10 th October 2016 to visit water and wastewater treatment plants as well as wastewater recycling schemes in the Shoalhaven area. More details will be provided later.


Weekly tutorial

These are not assessed each week. However they will be very important for the class test and for the final examination. Attendance will be taken to monitor who is regularly attending such classes.

Mini- Research Project

The research project will be assessed in two ways; Video presentation and an e-Report. The e-Report will be

in the form a technical Journal paper. The e-Report and video presentation should be submitted as a group

(same as the tutorial group). A suitable cover sheet with subject title, full names and student numbers, and a

copy of the marking criteria should be attached to the front of the report. Submission should be made via the Moodle site.

Journal paper and Video files:

Submit your single WORD (not pdf) file and a single mp4 Video file per group via subject Moodle/Turnitin site by 11.30am in Week 8: Monday 12 Sept 2016.


Laboratory and Field trip report

With reference to laboratory experiments and field trip, only soft copies of the reports have to be submitted as a group. There will be a single laboratory report that will consist of four sections, one for each laboratory experimental series. A suitable cover sheet with subject title, full names and student numbers, a copy of the marking criteria as well as the dates of when the experiments were conducted should be attached to the front of the report.

Lab. Report:

Submit your single WORD file (not pdf) via the subject Moodle/Turnitin site by 11.30am in Week 9: 19 Sept 2016. Field trip Report:

Submit your single WORD file (not pdf) via the subject Moodle/Turnitin site by 11.30am in Week 12: 17 Oct 2016.

Submission of Assignments and Penalties for Late Work

All submissions should be made via the subject’s Moodle site. When you are required to work as a group and are to submit a group assignment or report, nominate a team leader to take the responsibility of generating the cover sheet, handing in the assignment and collecting it back from EIS CENTRAL. Only the team leader will be able to collect the assignment. The team leader should select the <Group Cover> option and ensure that the other team member’s names are entered in the appropriate field.

To generate the cover sheet, go to: http://eisdb01.adeis.uow.edu.au/fmi/webd Login: student Password: coverit

Late assignments will not be accepted without supporting documentation. Late submission will result in a deduction of 10% of the maximum mark per day.

Details of referencing system to be used in written work

Author-Date (Harvard) system is preferred. Please see:


Use of internet resources and restrictions placed on use of internet resources

There are no restrictions on students accessing information from the internet, however, students must acknowledge all sources and should not copy information verbatim as this has no academic merit (i.e. no marks are awarded for this type of information) even when referenced correctly.


It is the responsibility of all group members to fully participate in group work assignments and to check their colleagues work before submission. All group members must sign the assignment cover regarding the relative percentage of contribution. If none is given, equal contribution will be assumed. See more information under the title of SPARK PLUS program.

Any assignments not collected by the end of the final examination period will be destroyed.

Use of SPARK PLUS program

The group reports/presentation constitutes 35% of the total mark for the subject. This subject will be making

use of an online program

(SPARK PLUS ) for self and peer assessment of individual contributions to team

activities. SPARK PLUS

other team members. SPARK PLUS then produces two factors:

allows students to rate their own contribution to team tasks and anonymously rate


Self Assessment/Peer Assessment factor provides feedback about how the group perceived student’s contribution.

- SA/PA factor > 1 student rated own performance higher than they were rated by their peers (overrated).

- SA/PA factor < 1 student rated own performance lower than they were rated by their peers (underrated).

2. RPF factor (Relative Performance Factor)– Your average contribution rating compared to the average of all team members contribution ratings. The subject coordinator reserves the right to use the RPF factor to adjust individual marks for group tasks (ie. The RPF factor will be a multiplier above or below 1).

Instructions on how to use SPARK PLUS can be found in the Moodle site.


Assessment task due in week

Type of assessment


Linked to learning outcomes

Week 6

One 1.0 h mid-session class test

20 %

i and ii

Week 8, 9

Video presentation (10%) and Journal paper (10%)


i, ii, iii and iv

Week 9, 12

Laboratory report (10%) and Field trip report (5%)


iv, v and vi

End of session Examination weeks

One 2.0 h End of session examination


i, ii, iii, iv, v and vi






The mid-session class test will cover lecture materials from week 1-5.


The final examination will be based on all lecture materials, tutorials, laboratory work and field trip.


To obtain a PASS in ENVE220, it is essential to achieve a pass mark (35%) in the final examination. Mandatory attendance as well as obtaining a pass mark (35%) in the laboratory report and video

presentation/report is an additional requirement to obtain a pass.



Students who do not achieve satisfactory scores may end up with a Technical Fail (TF) in the subject.


If you miss a laboratory or a field trip class, you will expect to get zero mark for the missed class unless academic consideration is requested and get approved via SOLS.


Marks are not usually scaled for the purpose of maintaining the pass rate but the right to do so is reserved.


Foreign language translation dictionaries are no longer permitted in exams.


Calculators approved for use in exams must be identified by a UOW tamper evident label available from Student Central.

Supplementary Assessment

Students who receive a mark of 48% or 49% will be considered for supplementary assessment. The offer of supplementary assessment is not automatic and will be considered on a case by case basis. The precise form of supplementary assessment will be determined at the time the offer of supplementary assessment is made. Students can log on to SOLS and click on the link titled “Supplementary Assessment” to view any applicable offers. Students must make themselves available during the supplementary exam period to take

up any offer of supplementary assessment.

No consideration will be given to requests for re-scheduling supplementary exam times,

in particular, consideration will not be granted on grounds such as usual or routine work or family commitments, or clashes with recreational activities or holiday arrangements etc.

The supplementary exam period for Spring session 2016 is from

12 to16 Dec. 2016.


University and Faculty Policies

Students should make themselves aware of the University and/or Faculty Policies regarding plagiarism, academic consideration, deferred examinations and other educational issues and student matters. Further information can be found in the Faculty Policy document available from EIS Central or at:


Reasonable Adjustment to Assessment

A student with a disability may be entitled to reasonable adjustment to assessment. A reasonable adjustment document is a recommendation that needs to be discussed and ratified by subject coordinators. Normal subject assessment requirements can only be adjusted with explicit written permission of the subject coordinator. In particular students cannot assume that a reasonable adjustment document bestows a right to deferred or supplementary exams.

The full university policy is at http://www.uow.edu.au/about/policy/UOW058672.html

Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy, Faculty Handbooks and subject guides clearly set out the University’s expectation that students submit only their own original work for assessment and avoid plagiarising the work of others or cheating. Re-using any of your own work (either in part or in full) which you have submitted previously for assessment is not permitted without appropriate acknowledgement. Plagiarism can be detected and has led to students being expelled from the University.

The use by students of any website that provides access to essays or other assessment items (sometimes marketed as ‘resources’), is extremely unwise. Students who provide an assessment item (or provide access to an assessment item) to others, either directly or indirectly (for example by uploading an assessment item to a website) are considered by the university to be intentionally or recklessly helping other students to cheat. This is considered academic misconduct and students place themselves at risk of being expelled from the University. Further information on plagiarism and acknowledgement practice can be found at:













Environmental management, water resources and water quality. Global water issues, climate change impacts. Sustainable development.

No tutorial





Urban water demand. Water quality characteristics and guidelines

Tutorial-1 and

Mini-research project assign given

Lab. induction




Natural treatment processes-1


Library workshop–

literature search




Natural treatment processes-2

Tutorial-3 and






Water treatment: Pre-treatment, Gas transfer

Tutorial-4 and






Water treatment: Coagulation, Flocculation


Class Test

No Practical




Water treatment: Sedimentation, Filtration

Tutorial-6 and






Water treatment:

Tutorial-7 and

Video present. and Journal paper files due






Video presentations during lecture/tutorial

Lab report due


RECESS: 26 th September to 4 th October


10 OCT


Wastewater collection systems



11 OCT


Field trip to Shoalhaven Water: Visiting water, wastewater treatment and water recycling plants: (Approx. 8.00am – 6.00pm) Lecture on water and wastewater infrastructure at the plant


12 OCT


Wastewater primary treatment Physico-chemical treatment processes


Field trip report due


13 OCT


Biological treatment processes, Advanced water and wastewater treatment for recycling and reuse



Assoc. Professor (Siva) M. Sivakumar July 2016

General Advice

University Codes of Practice, Rules and Guidelines

Code of Practice - Teaching and Assessment


Code of Practice - Research


Code of Practice - Honours


Code of Practice – Student Professional Experience


Student Charter http://www.uow.edu.au/student/charter/index.html Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy


Student Academic Consideration Policy


Course Progress Policy


Graduate Qualities Policy


Academic Grievance Policy (Coursework and Honours Students)


Policy and Guidelines on Non-Discriminatory Language Practice and Presentation


Workplace Health and Safety http://staff.uow.edu.au/ohs/commitment/ohspolicy/index.html Intellectual Property Policy


IP Student Assignment if Intellectual Property Policy


Student Conduct Rules and Accompanying Procedures


Access to Information on Student Support Services and Facilities http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/index.html Disability Support http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/ds/index.html Examinations, Results and Supplementary Assessment http://www.uow.edu.au/student/exams/index.html

Student Support Services

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