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Water Regulation, Finance and Management (ENG509)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description All water treatment processes are part of a larger social, economic, and/or political enterprise. This unit provides the student with an awareness of the regulatory and social constraints which determine the viability of the system and with an ability to calculate and compare the economics of implementation, operation, maintenance, replacement and financing of a water treatment scheme.
Unit Learning Outcomes The completion of this unit enables students to:
1. Understand the processes by which water quality regulations are determined and implemented.
2. Understand the various means by which acceptable levels of impurity in water for various purposes are determined and how water treatment plants must determine compliance with these quality standards.
3. Understand the nature and basis for social and cultural perceptions of water quality issues and gain an awareness of the methods used by professional water engineers to ensure projects are compatible with the consumers' social and cultural mores.
4. Understand and be able to access the resources to quantify the costs of water treatment equipment and ancillary processes.
5. Be able to utilize and calculate the present worth of water treatment equipment and processes based on historical information.
Understand and be able to utilize the tools for amortizing the present and future cost of water projects including use of various payment periods and cost escalation mechanisms.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences * The sources for and reading of water quality regulations and specifications, including common nomenclature and enforcement strictures.
* Practical determination of water quality compliance from data gathered as a function of time and location.
* Supply and demand balances including incorporation of uncertainty in projections.
* Stakeholder identification and characterization with respect to water use and regulation.
* Collection, critical evaluation, and use of historical equipment and process costs to estimate current costs including at capacity adjustments.
* Development of spreadsheet tools for calculation and comparison of equivalency between various time series of expenditures and incomes.
* Choice between water treatment alternatives based on engineering economics and externalities.
* Written and verbal presentation of decision rationale and outcomes regarding an integrated water resource management project
Assessment The learning and assessment strategies are based on the student's understanding and facility in finding and applying water quality guidelines and management strategies to identify and scale feasible water treatment systems with subsequent choice between systems based on standard engineering economics principles. Therefore, in assessments students must provide the rationale as well as the quantitative calculations appropriate to individual steps as well as overall choice in the design of water treatment systems and their components. Individual and teamwork approaches will be used. Verbal feedback by tutors during problem solving sessions is available to improve the assessed tasks.
Prerequisites Enrolment in graduate coursework in a Murdoch Environmental, Energy, Physics, Electrical, Chemical or Metallurgical Engineering discipline. Other Murdoch graduate students with equivalent qualifications may be enrolled with permission from the unit coordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
Master of Engineering (ME)
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.


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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Xu Li
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