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CHNG5006: Advanced Wastewater Engineering

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit of study addresses inter-related issues relevant to wastewater treatment including: the diverse nature of wastewater and its characteristics; an overview of conventional wastewater treatment options; the use of commercial software in designing and evaluating a range of advanced wastewater treatment options including biological nutrient removal; the potential role of constructed wetlands in domestic and industrial wastewater treatment; wastewater management in the food processing, resources, and coal seam gas production industries; researching advanced wastewater treatment options.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

General knowledge of wastewater treatment and the range of technologies currently used (equivalent to CHNG5005) OR the principles of biochemical engineering and their application in engineering (equivalent to CHNG3804).

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Chiew Wong,
Lecturer(s) Chiew Wong,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home extended release) Type E final exam Exam
Open book exam with calculation, essay type, and simulation questions
40% Formal exam period 48 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Technical report
Written report on assessing alternative technology
20% Week 06
Due date: 17 Sep 2021 at 23:59
6-8 pages text and appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
Assignment group assignment Simulation project
Students will run Biowin simulation to design a wastewater treatment plant
25% Week 08
Due date: 08 Oct 2021 at 23:59
10 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO7
Assignment Project
Individual written report (~4 pages) on water reuse & circular economy
15% Week 10
Due date: 22 Oct 2021 at 23:59
4 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type E final exam = Type E final exam ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment 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.

For more information see guide to grades.

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction & wastewater characterisation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 02 Industrial case study Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Overview of sewage treatment Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Biological nutrient removal Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO5
Week 05 Simulating sewage treatment plants - Biowin Lecture 1 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO5 LO7
Week 06 Biowin Lecture 2 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO5 LO7
Week 07 Biowin Lecture 3 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO5 LO7
Week 08 Circular economy & water recycling principles Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 09 Water recycling - Perspectives Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3
Week 10 Water recycling in practice Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3
Week 11 Reuse of biosolids, energy & nutrients Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 12 Coal seam gas Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 13 Course review Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

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. use the available literature to research wastewater treatment options
  • LO2. recognise how treatment options vary between different industrial sectors (eg food processing; mining; coal seam gas production)
  • LO3. identify the sources of Wastewater and Wastewater as a renewable resource
  • LO4. characterise (domestic and industrial) wastewater
  • LO5. adapt knowledge and skills to identify how sewage treatment options vary with the wastewater and the required effluent quality
  • LO6. demonstrate understanding of complex wastewater issues such as water recycling and coal seam gas exploration
  • LO7. use commercial software for simulating sewage treatment plants.

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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