Biochemical/Environmental Engineering 2

Subject 411-448 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Forty-two hours of lectures and 6 hours of practical work.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

411-335 Biochemical/Environmental Engineering 1B or 421-210 Environmental Engineering Basics (students who have completed 421-210 but not 411-355 are advised to undertake some preliminary reading in basic microbiology prior to commencing the subject).

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:

The characteristics of liquid and solid wastes and the objectives of waste treatment; important waste assay procedures; primary, secondary and tertiary wastewater treatment processes; physical and chemical treatment processes for both liquid and solid wastes; biological waste treatment and the role of various microbial groups: 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 processes and their use in liquid and solid waste treatment; treatment and disposal of biosolids; recycling and reuse of wastes; life cycle analysis, sustainability and cleaner production.


Students successfully completing this subject should have a broad understanding of the nature of waste streams, the principles underlying their treatment, and the important processes used to treat a variety of domestic, industrial and agricultural wastes. In addition they will have gained an understanding of the more important physical, chemical and biological techniques used in the process design of a variety of waste treatment systems. They will also have gained practical experience in the operation of a bench scale activated sludge unit and the common assay procedures used to evaluate its performance.


One written 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%); a written 1-hour mid-semester test (15%); a 2000-word practical report due two weeks after the second of two laboratory sessions (15%). An overall mark of 50% and a mark of 40% or more in the end of semester examination are needed to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

  • in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline

  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution

  • ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering(Biochemical Engineering)and Bachelor of Science
Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology

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