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Unit of study_

CHNG5005: Wastewater Engineering

Key learning objectives are to provide students with an overview of wastewater treatment and the range of technologies currently used. The key issues considered are: wastewater characterisation; the cost of wastewater treatment and disposal; the (Australian) regulatory framework; primary, secondary and tertiary treatment options; solids management and water reuse; process integration; an introduction to process simulation.


Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit code CHNG5005
Unit name Wastewater Engineering
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

Enrolment in this unit assumes that the student�has successfully completed CHNG1103 (Mass and Energy Balances), CHNG2801 (Fluid Mechanics), CHNG2802 (Applied Mathematics), CHNG3803 (Chemical and Biological Process Design), CHNG3804 (Biochemical Engineering) and CHNG3805 (Particle Mechanics) or equivalent.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Geoff Barton,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
20% Week 06 90 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group assignment part 1
10% Week 09 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group assignment part 2
10% Week 11 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO3
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
20% Week 13 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Final take-home exam
40% Week 14 (STUVAC) n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Quiz 1: Completed in-class and will focus on material in the first five lectures/tutorials of the course.
  • Quiz 2: Completed using Canvas and will consist of a series of True/False questions covering all material in the course.
  • Group assignments: This assignment (maximum group size of 3) will involve a guided (via a series of questions) exploration of the design and performance of a simplified wastewater treatment plant. This group assignment will be submitted in two parts. 
  • Final exam: The final examination will be a take-home paper which will be posted on Canvas in the last week of the semester. Students will have approximately a week to complete this paper which will be handed in during Stuvac. Questions in this examination will cover all material examined in the course.

Detailed information for each assessment task can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Wastewater characterisation (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 Wastewater treatment and disposal costs (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 Overview of treatment technologies (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 05 Secondary (i.e. biological) treatment options (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 07 Diversity of secondary treatment options (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 High-rate aerobic bio-reactors (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Tertiary treatment options (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 10 Sludge/solids handling and water reuse (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 11 Process integration (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 12 Introduction to process simulation (3 hr) LO1 LO2

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand alternative technologies (physical, chemical and biological) that may be used as effective treatments for domestic and industrial wastewaters.
  • LO2. Appreciate wastewater treatment as a complex multi-dimensional (operational, financial, environmental and regulatory) issue.
  • LO3. Work effectively in a group environment.
  • LO4. Communicate effectively both orally and via written reports.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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