Environmental Engineering 1

Unit code: NEC4101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
NEC2203 - Hydraulics and
NEC3201 - Hydraulic Engineering
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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 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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

No prescribed text books. The study materials will be available on VU Collaborate or as directed by the Lecturer.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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