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Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination (GradDipWtTrmt)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination (GradDipWtTrmt)
Course Code G1076
Study Level Graduate Diploma
School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Professor Wendell Ela | Email: W.Ela@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2022

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination (GradDipWtTrmt)
Duration 1 year full-time (Semester 1 commencement only) or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination will provide the professional working in the water industry with the basic engineering and science education to support entry-level understanding, design, operation, and monitoring of conventional potable water and wastewater (sewage) treatment processes, as well as many of the more specific water treatment processes allied with industry, agriculture, mining, and public services needs. It is well suited to the professional wishing to upgrade skills for career advancement or to satisfy continuing education requirements. It will also provide the graduate with the requisite coursework to undertake subsequent higher graduate degree courses. The course is a self-contained program or may be taken as year 1 of a two-year program of study leading to a Master of Water Treatment and Desalination.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) in an Environmental, Chemical or related Engineering discipline.
Students with recognised prior learning in other disciplines or practice may also be eligible for admission as determined by the Academic Chair.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Some attendance at on- and off-campus site visits and technology operation sessions will be a requirement.
Water treatment engineering is a highly quantitative profession requiring sound grounding in physics, chemistry, fluid mechanics, and mathematics. The coursework assumes a prior understanding of the fundamentals of these disciplines to a level allowing entry into the specifics of water engineering without further general instruction in these disciplines. Consequently, students entering the course must have passed the following units at Murdoch or their equivalent elsewhere:
MAS221 Mathematical Modelling
ENG201 Fluid Mechanics
CHE144, Foundations of Chemistry
PEN152, Principles of Physics
For students with potentially equivalent alternative training, contact the Academic Chair for assessment of equivalency.
Employment Prospects Graduates of this course can find employment in one of the companies or governmental agencies in which water is the primary business, such as municipal water supply and wastewater management, governmental departments of water and natural resources, and private or public irrigation and water resource management entities. Additionally, many industries and primary producers employ water treatment engineers in water divisions which are mission critical components of their businesses, such as mining, horticulture, energy generation, oil and gas recovery, livestock and agriculture production and processing, semi-conductor and pharmaceutical manufacturing, and hospitals and health care facilities.
Professional Recognition This course is designed to satisfy requirements of Engineers Australia for Continuing Professional Education of Engineers in the disciplines of environmental engineering, water engineering, and chemical engineering in the areas of water process control, technology, and management.
Main research areas Design and technology specification for conventional water treatment and industrial process water unit operations; optimisation and modernisation of primary and secondary water and wastewater treatment trains; application of technology for water purification and pollution control.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

ENG507 Environmental Water Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG509 Water Regulation, Finance and Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG550 Design Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, U-internal, Y-internal

ENG524 Process Unit Operations - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENG510 Physicochemical Water Treatment Operations - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG515 Biological Water Treatment Operations - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG516 Water Engineering Intuition and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG517 Water Treatment Technology Practical - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

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