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SEV328 - Water and Wastewater Treatment

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Offering information:

2018 is the final offering of this unit

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Abdol Ghafouri Rouzbehani





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Contact hours:

Campus: 2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 2 x 3 hour practicals per trimester. Students are required to attend and participate in practical activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester.

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 2 x 1 hour classes per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week.

Students are required to attend and participate in practical activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the particular scheduled day during the trimester intensive week.


The unit will address the following areas:

  • Introduction to Water treatment – Historical development of water treatment technology; health and environmental concerns; Evolution of water treatment technology
  • Water quality – water pollutant and their sources; physical and chemical quality; characterization of water and sampling; Physical, chemical and microbiological characteristics; Australian Drinking Water guidelines and WHO guidelines for drinking water
  • Water treatment processes - coagulation, rapid mixing, flocculation, sedimentation, flotation, filtration, Ion exchange, adsorption, disinfection, aeration, water softening, membrane processes, Iron and Manganese removal, water plant residual management.
  • Preliminary and primary wastewater treatment – Wastewater characteristics, pollutant loading, flow measurements, screening, grit removal, primary sedimentation. 
  • Secondary treatment processes - overview of biological treatment processes, wastewater microbiology, aerobic treatment processes, anaerobic treatment processes, biological nutrient removal, bio-solids – handling, processing, beneficial use.
  • Natural treatment systems - pond treatment processes, aquatic treatment systems, land filtration, grass filtration, wetland.


Examination 40%, problem solving tasks (2 x 20% each) 40%, laboratory reports (students work in groups) (2 x 10% each) 20%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the examination and a mark of at least 40% on each of the laboratory reports.

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