The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Provides a problem-based introduction to design techniques in environmental engineering. Several applications are considered with an emphasis on real-world problems typically encountered by graduates. The problems are set by practicing engineers and cover most aspects of environmental engineering design.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply environmental engineering design philosophies.

2. Apply research and design skills acquired in earlier courses in environmental engineering and related disciplines to solve design problems and conduct investigations.

3. Communicate design solutions.

4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the social, economic and institutional factors affecting environmental engineering design and investigation.

5. Develop the ability to function effectively as a member of a design team.

6. Construct a professional report reflecting the group's recommended solution and analysis of this solution.

7. Verbally present and defend the group's solution to client.


Broadly covers analysis of environmental problems and development of sustainable, economic solutions. This may include investigation for environmental impact assessment and design of pollution control systems. Students typically visit sites of interest, and interact with a broad range of professionals, regulatory authorities and practicing engineers. One major design project is undertaken, led by an outside consulting engineer with internal academic supervision.

Assumed knowledge

It is advised that students should complete CIVL4330 Hydrology, CIVL4450 Water Engineering, and SURV3650 Spatial Data Systems and Remote Sensing.

Assessment items

Presentation: Oral Presentation/Project Proposal

Report: Written Project Proposal

Report: Progress Report

Presentation: Oral Presentation/Final Project

Report: Final Report

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Two sessions of integrated learning, one of 3 hours and one of 2 hours per week for full term