Bioenvironmental Engineering

Subject 411-453 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Lectures, tutorials and practical work.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Forty-two hours of lectures and 6 hours of practical work.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated non-contact time commitment of 96 hours.
Prerequisites: 411-392 Fermentation Process Engineering (or 411-393 Bioprocess Engineering) and 411-303 Reactor Engineering.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof David Shallcross
Subject Overview: Role of chemical engineers in environmental protection. Biological and other methods for the treatment of liquid and solid wastes. characteristics of wastes. Waste assay procedures. Primary, secondary and tertiary wastewater treatment processes; physical and chemical treatment of processes; anaerobic facultative, aerobic and aerated lagoons and factors affecting their design; activated sludge and related processes; adherent growth processes and associated design considerations; biological and physico-chemical removal of nitrogen and phosphorus; anaerobic process. Sustainability. Recycling and ruse of wastes; life cycle analysis, sustainability and cleaner production. Treatment and disposal of biosolids. Remediation of contaminated sites. Practical work (Biological waste treatment).

The objectives of this subject are to acquaint students with the role played by chemical engineers in the environmental protection, to convey the principles of sustainability, life cycle analysis, recycling and cleaner production, and to provide a detailed understanding of physical, chemical and biological methods for the treatment and disposal of liquid and solid wastes.

Assessment: One 3-hour examination at the end of semester (70%), a one-hour mid-term test (20%) and one practical report of no more then 2000 words.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: The subject will enhance the following generic skills:
  • The capacity for independent thought.
  • The ability to comprehend complex concepts and communicate lucidly this understanding
  • Awareness of advanced technologies in the discipline
  • The ability to work in a team (practical work component)
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)

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