Advanced water and wastewater treatment processes becoming very important and popular due to the stipulated stringent environmental regulations and rapid urbanisation. Conventional treatment processes are mostly becoming ineffective as water sources and discharged wastewater consists of significantly high levels of persistent and other organic/inorganic micro-pollutants. Highly polluted industry (trade) wastewater discharge into reticulation systems is also very costly and complex due to the charges levied on trade waste generators. Safe water is a scarce resource in most of the parts in the World and therefore, the modern water and wastewater industry focuses to apply novel advanced treatment systems to overcome the current challenges in the industry.  This unit of study focuses teaching and learning of the modern and effective techniques related to advanced water and wastewater treatment. This unit mainly covers the topics such as Advanced Primary treatment technologies (Diffused air floatation - DAF), secondary Treatment methods (Membrane Bioreactor-MBR, SBR, RBC, and ANAMMOX), Biological Nutrient Removal, Recovery of Energy and resources, Advanced membrane separation technologies (UF/NF/RO/FO), Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) and Activated Carbon Adsorption techniques.

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map the fundamentals of advanced water and wastewater treatment and apply in various industrial contexts and challenges to develop sustainable and innovative solutions to the water and wastewater industry;  
  2. Critically apply the knowledge and expertise relevant to advanced water and wastewater treatment systems professionally;  
  3. Investigate and evaluate different types of water and wastewater treatment processes and provide recommendations for upgrading their efficiency;  
  4. Design and install efficient and reliable advanced water and wastewater treatment facilities to produce safe water, recover energy and resources;  
  5. Formulate high quality technical reports, present information on advanced water and wastewater technologies and demonstrate professional skills.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Conduct a Scientific Group Project and produce a high quality technical report (2000 words each) 40%
Presentation Oral Presentation (15 minutes each) 10%
Test Mid Semester Test (1 hour) 10%
Examination Final Examination (3 hours) 40%

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