Bioenvironmental Engineering

Subject CHEN40014 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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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 3-hour examination at the end of semester (70%);
  • One mid-term test (20%)
  • One practical report of no more than 2000 words (10%)
  • 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: 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
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)

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