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Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination (GradDipWatTrmt)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination (GradDipWatTrmt)
Course Code G1076
Study Level Graduate Diploma
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Academic Contacts

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

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination (GradDipWatTrmt)
Duration 1 year full-time (Semester 1 commencement only) or part-time equivalent
Availability Not currently available to new admissions
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 Engineering with a major in Water Treatment and Desalination.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) in an Environmental, Chemical, Civil 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.
Applicants without the necessary qualifications and/or background will be required to study additional units as part of the course requirements. The preferred format to provide details is by a Curriculum Vitae and a personal statement of no more than 300 words detailing why this course has been selected.

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 MLLO1- Knowledge and Skills
Graduates will acquire a body of knowledge and engineering skills that
include the foundational as well as recent developments in engineering practice in basic water treatment and desalination technology design, operation, alternatives analysis, regulation, and economics.
MLLO2 - Ability to Apply of Methods and Tools
Graduates will gain the ability to apply established engineering methods,
techniques, tools and resources relevant to solving complex engineering problems
in the water treatment and desalination engineering areas.
MLLO3 - Application Ability of Systematic Engineering Synthesis
Graduates will gain the ability to contribute to engineering projects associated with
water treatment and desalination systems engineering involving independent
research, critical analysis, development, implementation, testing, commissioning
and/or basic design elements.
MLLO4 - Management Skills
Graduates will be able to apply systematic approaches to the conduct and
entry-level management of engineering projects as well as gain experience in team membership and team leadership situations.
MLLO5 Communication Skills
Graduates will be able to effectively transmit knowledge, skills and ideas in oral and
written forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Employment Prospects Public water and wastewater utilities, manufacturing, medical, mining, oil and gas recovery and processing, chemical processing, electronics and semi-conductor manufacturing, agriculture and aquaculture, environmental protection and resource, and international development industries.
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

ENG509 Water Regulation, Finance and Management - 3 points

ENG550 Design Project - 3 points

ENG524 Process Unit Operations - 3 points

ENG510 Physicochemical Water Treatment Operations - 3 points

ENG515 Biological Water Treatment Operations - 3 points

ENG516 Water Engineering Intuition and Analysis - 3 points

ENG517 Water Treatment Technology Practical - 3 points

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