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Environmental Engineering Honours (BE(Hons))

  • H1264BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING HONOURS

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Title Environmental Engineering Honours (BE(Hons))
Course Code H1264
Study Level Bachelor's Honours (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Martin Anda | Email: M.Anda@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6123

Qualification Bachelor of Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) in Environmental Engineering
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
Description Environmentally sound engineered systems are of increasing interest in our society.

This major will equip graduates with the discipline knowledge and problem-solving skills to design water, energy, shelter and primary production systems underpinned by ecological knowledge. Graduates can be employed by engineering firms, land developers, utilities, international development and government agencies to design and manage engineered systems. Graduates will have a global perspective and ethical approach to sustainable development.
This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements. Students who do not have the necessary background in WACE Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics may take longer than four years to complete this course. Articulation from TAFE is encouraged.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements All students will undertake at least 500 hours of approved work experience, plus complete a report outlining the experience gained, in order to complete the requirements of the degree. This work experience must be in a suitable engineering-related area and be approved by the Engineering Academic Chair.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Specific objectives are to:
* develop a substantial engineering base;
* provide a global perspective on environmental issues;
* integrate environment/development criteria into all levels;
* develop understanding of the political, social, and economic factors in environmental management;
* develop impact assessment skills;
* develop and implement a sustainability ethic;
* develop and implement a waste prevention and resource recovery ethic;
* develop good communication skills; and
* develop analytical/design skills in at least one major elective area.

SKILLS
Environmental engineers work closely together with a range of other environmental professionals, and the community. Their professional skills might be used to:
* evaluate and minimise the environmental impact of engineering projects both large and small;
* develop and implement sound environmental management strategies and procedures.
Employment Prospects Graduates will be in high demand in energy and water utilities, and in companies and consulting agencies servicing this sector. Moreover, government departments are significant employers of graduates.
Professional Recognition Graduates of accredited engineering courses are eligible for Graduate Membership of Engineers Australia. Full Chartered Professional Engineer status can then be achieved after a further three to five years of work experience in the engineering profession.
Main research areas Total water cycle management, energy efficiency, permaculture, sustainable construction, organic waste management.
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 Prerequisites

Chemistry Background

Students may need to complete one prerequisite unit depending on their background in chemistry and their final scaled score in Chemistry within the past three years.

Chemistry 3A/3B or Chemistry ATAR with a final scaled score of 50 percent or more

OR

CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Students who have completed previous chemistry not stated above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment requirements.

Mathematics Background

Students may need to complete one prerequisite unit depending on their background in mathematics with either a C grade in Mathematics Specialist ATAR (or Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D) or a final scaled score of 60 percent or more in Mathematics Methods ATAR (or Mathematics 3C/3D) within the past three years.

Students without this background will need to complete:

MAS164 Fundamentals of Mathematics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Students who have completed previous mathematics not stated above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment requirements.

Physics Background

Students may need to complete one prerequisite unit depending on their background in physics and their final scaled score in Physics within the past three years.

WACE Physics 3A/3B with a final scaled score of 60 percent or more

OR

PEN120 General Physics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Students who have completed previous physics not stated above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment requirements.

Course Structure - 96 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BEN100 Transitioning into Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BEN150 Design Concepts in Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Core Units - 18 credit points

MAS182 Applied Mathematics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

OR

BIO103 Environmental Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV102 Foundations of the Environment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MAS161 Calculus and Matrix Algebra - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ENG109 Engineering Computing Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PEN152 Principles of Physics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Part II - 72 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Unit - 3 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

This unit should be taken in 4th year.

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The following unit is no longer available - contact the Academic Chair for advice:

BEN200 Scientific Method in Engineering - 3 points

Core Units - 21 credit points

ENG221 Pollution and its Control - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG298 Principles of Process Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

MAS221 Mathematical Modelling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENG203 Heat and Mass Transfer - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENG202 Engineering Thermodynamics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENG201 Fluid Mechanics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENV243 Water and Earth Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Year 3 - 24 credit points

All Engineering students will undertake at least 500 hours of approved work experience, plus complete a report outlining the experience gained, in order to complete the requirements of the degree. This work experience must be in a suitable engineering-related area and must be approved by the Engineering Academic Chair.

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BEN300 Innovation and Ethics in Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Core Units - 21 credit points

ENG340 Environmental Water Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG343 Water Treatment Operations - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG342 BioEnergy and Biological Wastewater Treatment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG341 Water Conservation and Auditing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENG338 Energy Supply and Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG300 Environmental Technology for Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENG336 Engineering Finance, Management and Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Year 4 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 21 credit points

ENG452 Environmental Engineering Design and Innovation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG459 Sustainable Urban Water Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG441 Solar Thermal and Biomass Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG470 Engineering Honours Thesis - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, US1-internal, WU3-internal, Y-internal

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