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SEV331 - Waste Management Systems


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Wendy Timms

8 credit points of units from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (S-coded units)



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour online workshop per week and 1 x 2 hour on-campus studio per week.

All students are required to attend and participate in project based activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1 hour online seminar per week.  

Students are required to engage in online learning for approximately 4 hours per week during the trimester.  All students must attend and participate in team based learning activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week (typically week 6).


This units has been designed to help students understand and investigate systems for the management of municipal and industrial solid waste, hazardous waste and consider industrial liquid waste management. It is part of a series of units looking at pollution and waste management within the environmental engineering program. Students will work through the evolution of waste management through an industry-based project that will allow students to develop a waste management plan and provide and evaluate the designs for a solid waste management system, such as a landfill or composting system. Through this process of design, implementation and evaluation of systems and procedures, students will learn the practice of resource and waste management in modern society.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Design and implement a waste classification survey and assess the risks and toxicology of waste streams with particular regard to compliance of hazardous waste

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Propose and critique process flow charts of waste management processes and technologies, including collection, separation, processing, transformation and disposal with consideration given to the waste management hierarchy.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Identify an appropriate site and design a solid waste or residual management system by reviewing factors such as waste classification, topography, odour transport and geology.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork


Develop an environmental management plan to consider potential impacts and monitor performance of a waste management system.

GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Waste classification survey Written report, 1,500-word maximum 15% Week 3
Preliminary design report Technical report, 10-page maximum 20% Week 6
Solid waste design report (team)

Written technical report and peer assessment

40% Week 9
Management plan webinar (team) Collaborative 15-minute oral presentation and 5-minute question time 25% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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