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Master of Water Treatment and Desalination (MWatTrmt)


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Title Master of Water Treatment and Desalination (MWatTrmt)
Course Code M1259
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Engineering and Information Technology
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Academic Chair: Professor Wendell Ela | Email: W.Ela@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2022

Qualification Master of Water Treatment and Desalination (MWatTrmt)
Duration 2 years full-time (Semester 1 commencement only) or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description Graduates will be able to design, engineer, operate, and troubleshoot both broad spectrum and specialised water treatment processes, not only for achieving conventional potable water and wastewater (sewage) quality objectives, but also for meeting more targeted industrial, agricultural, and resource recovery needs. Additionally, the coursework will address water treatment engineering to meet decentralised and developing population demands, and emerging concerns for integration of renewable energy, minimisation of non-beneficial residuals, and increased resilience and sustainability of water supplies in the face of uncertain economic and natural conditions. This course will prepare students either for entry into the water industry with specialty skills in design, operation, monitoring and planning of water treatment and desalination infrastructure and processes; or for matriculation into a doctoral program of research on the theory, analysis, design, invention, and application of water purification processes and technology. The coursework will provide students with a strong grounding in the fundamentals of water engineering, but an application and practice orientation is the hallmark of the program. The course is designed to give graduates specific knowledge of the tools, algorithms, hardware and software, and the state of the art practice of water purification for beneficial use. Graduates will have the knowledge and hands-on skills to analyse water quality, design and apply technologies for specific contaminants and conditions, troubleshoot product water and process excursions, and oversee and instruct the work of technicians and operators.
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.
Students with an Engineering Bachelor's degree with at least 2A Honours (AQF Level 8) in a related Engineering discipline may enter the coursework with all of the first year units satisfied.
Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination (GradDipWatTrmt) from Murdoch University or its equivalent elsewhere satisfies the first year requirements of the Master's coursework.
Questions regarding eligibility and/or relevance of previous coursework should be directed to 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.
Course Learning Outcomes The completion of this unit enables students to:
1. Understand the concept of and thermodynamic basis for chemical equilibrium of species in water and its relation to and distinction from chemical kinetics.
2. Understand the meaning and utility and key water composition concepts such as hardness, alkalinity, TOC, and various other concentration metrics.
3. Analyse raw water quality information and from it quantitatively generate and evaluate key water composition metrics such as hardness, alkalinity, TOC, and various concentration metrics.
4. Understand the theory and relevant processes controlling the species in weak acid and base aqueous equilibria.
5. Critically evaluate and quantitatively explain how weak acid and base equilibria are applied to systems and impacted by natural and engineered perturbations to those systems.
6. Utilize and calculate the equilibrium species in basic solid/aqueous and air/aqueous multiphase systems.
7. Utilize and calculate the equilibrium speciation in basic, environmentally relevant aqueous systems including use of electron balances and free energy calculations.
8. Review and analyse complex water composition information and critically evaluate how it will be impacted by changes in independent system variables such as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, biotic activity level, or addition of common water treatment chemicals.
9. Gain technical proficiency in evaluating and using aqueous equilibrium chemistry software for calculation of speciation in multi-component and multi-phase systems.
10. Communicate the fundamental theoretical concepts and practical importance of equilibrium water chemistry.
11. Make high level water quality decisions based on independent and team evaluations of complex water composition problems.
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 - 48 credit points

Core Units - 48 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

ENG601 Desalination Technology and Modelling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG602 Decentralised and Industrial Water Treatment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG603 Advanced Water Treatment Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG670 Measurement and Uncertainty Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, U-internal

ENG615 Engineering Masters Project - 12 points
MURDOCH: DE2-internal, H-internal, S1-internal, SUM-internal, U-internal, WU3-internal, Y-internal

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