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Water Treatment Technology Practical (ENG517)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit engages the student with practical laboratory experiments that foster a deeper and applied understanding of the scientific and engineering principles and evaluation techniques learned in their previous coursework in water treatment, wastewater treatment, water chemistry, and water recycling. In addition, it provides a basic applied introduction to research skills, intuition, and analyses. Students quantify key processes of water pollution and its treatment and devise test and evaluate up-to-date treatment technologies.
Unit Learning Outcomes The completion of this unit enables students to
1. Quantify key pollutants encountered in industrial, urban and communal waters.
2. Measure the effect of pollutants in aqueous environments.
3. Devise and optimise suitable treatment technologies for combinations of different pollutants.
4. Diagnose water quality problems and design and test treatment options.
5. Quantify mass transfer, energy and mass balances of water technologies.
6. Communicate results obtained as a technical record and group cooperative problem solving by group work.
Timetabled Learning Activities Full-time laboratory activities: 2 x 1 week blocks; practical examination: half day
Unit Learning Experiences Activities:
Students operate computer controlled laboratory-scale reactors that represent a downscaled version of water treatment processes implemented in the water industry. Standard and advanced water quality diagnostic methods are used to interrogate water samples. Amongst these are: photo-spectrometric analysis, gas chromatography, selective sensors; oxygen mass transfer studies; respirometric degradability testing of organic pollutants; operation and optimisation of model wastewater treatment plant; online process control of wastewater treatment; reactor characterisation and removal; hydraulic and solid retention times; role of pH and buffer capacity in water processing.
Time courses of pollution events (such as eutrophication) will be recorded by using the above methods and technologies. Subsequently the efficiency of cutting edge technologies to treat affected waters will be evaluated by operating and attempting to optimise treatment processes such as reverse osmosis, forward osmosis, centrifugation, flocculation, micro filtration, ultra filtration, ion exchange, membrane distillation, sterilisation, bio-treatment, etc. Technologies used are based on and presented by leading experts engaged in the development of future water treatment technologies.
Assessment Students receive ongoing feedback from tutors and fellow students on their progress in and interpretation of laboratory results. Individual supervised practical examinations, group work and recordkeeping are assessed.
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Phil Schneider
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in Desalination

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2220
e: P.Schneider@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003K - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Phil Schneider
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in Desalination

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2220
e: P.Schneider@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003K - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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