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ENV3904 Environmental Engineering Practice

Semester 3, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Agricultural, Civil, Environmental Engineering
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Staffing

Examiner: Vasanthadevi Aravinthan
Moderator: Laszlo Erdei

Requisites

Pre-requisite: ENV4203 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDNS or MENS

Synopsis

Students will gain an understanding of the engineering practice of environmental sanitation and evaluate some tests to ascertain the quality of water using bio-chemical and engineering principles. Students will engage in a range of activities related to environmental engineering practice through laboratory experiments, field excursion, and lecture/tutorial.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. describe the operational functions involved in a water treatment plant that represent chemical and physical processes;
  2. describe the operational functions involved in a wastewater treatment plant that represents the physical, chemical and biological processes;
  3. review basic chemistry concepts and calculations related to water quality;
  4. evaluate equipment used in the examination of water quality;
  5. conduct tests to ascertain the quality of water;
  6. conduct tests related to noise and odour pollution.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Unit processes, flow rates, residence times, equipment capacities and waste generation involved in water treatment 45.00
2. Basic water chemistry and calculations 10.00
3. Water testing equipment 10.00
4. Tests for Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Sludge Volume Index (SVI), and their relevance to water quality 25.00
5. Noise and odour 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Hand held battery operated calculator.
  • Laboratory Coat.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • American Public Health Association 2005, Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater, 21st edn, Water Environment Federation.
  • Davis, ML, Cornwell, DA 2008, Introduction to environmental engineering, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill International Editions, Boston, Ma.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council 2004, Australian drinking water guidelines 6.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 12.00
Directed Study 10.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 28.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRACTICAL ACTIVITIES & REPORT 1 100 08 Feb 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    This course requires attendance at a residential school It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must complete at least 80% of the practical and other activities at a satisfactory standard at the Residential School for the course. Students must submit, by the due date, a practical report which meets the requirements of the assessment scheme.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Practical reports submitted after the due date will not be assessed.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must demonstrate, via the summative assessment items, that they have achieved the required minimum standards in relation to the objectives of the course by satisfactorily completing the summative assessment items, as stated in 2 above.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.