Water treatment, wastewater collection, treatment and reuse, water pollution control, and the assessment of project environmental impacts are key elements in maintaining public health and protecting the environment. Civil engineers typically undertake and have responsibility for major projects in each of these areas. This unit (NEC4101) of study aims to give students a basic understanding, problem solving and design skills in each of these facets of civil engineering. Students are required as part of the unit to undertake a site visit and inspection of relevant infrastructure, and write a report on the visit.

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NEC2203 - Hydraulics and

NEC3201 - Hydraulic Engineering

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the options to treat waste water and stormwater based on engineering concepts and the socio-economic factors that influence it;  
  2. Develop basic design plans for key elements of different types of wastewater collection systems, treatment plants and reuse systems;  
  3. Explicate and solve, manually or via appropriate software packages, a range of water pollution and water sensitive urban design (WSUD) problems; and  
  4. Communicate using industry standard technical language.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test In-class Test 15%
Exercise Problem-Solving Exercises x 2 55%
Report Team Based Research Report 20%
Presentation Report Presentation 10%

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