The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Contamination of soil and water may result from a variety of human activities, for example urban, industrial, mining and agriculture. The potential and actual impacts of contamination from these activities on natural ecosystems, and the resultant need for remediation are in many cases well documented. This course will introduce the subject of soil and water pollution from a wide range of sources and examine the mobility of contaminant constituents in soil and water ecosystems. Different remediation technologies and strategies to overcome the resultant environmental problems will be examined in relation to degraded urban, agricultural and industrial landscapes.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand mass balance and pollution calculations;

2. Understand many of the basic concepts of pollution, the effects of environmental contamination and the various remediation technologies which may be employed;

3. be aware of contamination and degradation caused by various types of urban, industrial and agricultural development;

4. be able to evaluate the scientific and engineering approaches to landscape degradation and rehabilitation and demonstrate knowledge of various remediation technologies.


Content

Soil and groundwater pollution from different types of development and their behaviour and transport pathways in the environment will be examined. The remediation and treatment of contaminated land forms a major part of this course along with the issues associated with the treatment, reuse and land application of liquid and solid wastes. Pollution control methodologies will be examined and various treatment and remediation technologies covered. Material presented will also deal with the measurement and interpretation of a range of biological, chemical and microbiological pollutants. Mining in different environments will be examined and issues such as siting of mine infrastructure, disposal and storage of overburden and topsoil, tailings disposal and site rehabilitation will be discussed. Advanced geomorphic techniques will be used to develop mine site rehabilitation plans. The chemical, petroleum and minerals processing industries and the effects that they have on soil and water contamination will be examined as well as methods of rehabilitating and remediating former industrial and mining sites.


Requisite

This course replaces EMGT3100. If you have successfully completed EMGT3100 you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

ENVS3007Environmental RemediationContamination of soil and water may result from a variety of human activities, for example urban, industrial, mining and agriculture. The potential and actual impacts of contamination from these activities on natural ecosystems, and the resultant need for remediation are in many cases well documented. This course will introduce the subject of soil and water pollution from a wide range of sources and examine the mobility of contaminant constituents in soil and water ecosystems. Different remediation technologies and strategies to overcome the resultant environmental problems will be examined in relation to degraded urban, agricultural and industrial landscapes.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1030005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019GEOS2050Soil and groundwater pollution from different types of development and their behaviour and transport pathways in the environment will be examined. The remediation and treatment of contaminated land forms a major part of this course along with the issues associated with the treatment, reuse and land application of liquid and solid wastes. Pollution control methodologies will be examined and various treatment and remediation technologies covered. Material presented will also deal with the measurement and interpretation of a range of biological, chemical and microbiological pollutants.

Mining in different environments will be examined and issues such as siting of mine infrastructure, disposal and storage of overburden and topsoil, tailings disposal and site rehabilitation will be discussed. Advanced geomorphic techniques will be used to develop mine site rehabilitation plans. The chemical, petroleum and minerals processing industries and the effects that they have on soil and water contamination will be examined as well as methods of rehabilitating and remediating former industrial and mining sites. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Understand mass balance and pollution calculations;2Understand many of the basic concepts of pollution, the effects of environmental contamination and the various remediation technologies which may be employed;3be aware of contamination and degradation caused by various types of urban, industrial and agricultural development;4be able to evaluate the scientific and engineering approaches to landscape degradation and rehabilitation and demonstrate knowledge of various remediation technologies. This course replaces EMGT3100. If you have successfully completed EMGT3100 you cannot enrol in this course.Report: Written Field Trip ReportWritten Assignment: Written AssignmentTutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practical Work - Laboratory Exercises *Formal Examination: Final Examination ** This assessment has a compulsory requirement.CallaghanField StudyFace to Face Off Campus8hour(s)per Week for1Weeks0LaboratoryFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0LectureFace to Face On Campus3hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:General Course Requirements:Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.Students must attend a minimum of 80% of scheduled laboratoriesField Study: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.Course Assessment Requirements:Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.Students are required to attend 80% of practicals and submit required practical exercises.Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.Students must gain a mark of at least 40% in the final formal examination


Assessment items

Report: Written Field Trip Report

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practical Work - Laboratory Exercises *

Formal Examination: Final Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of scheduled laboratories
  • Field Study: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students are required to attend 80% of practicals and submit required practical exercises.
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must gain a mark of at least 40% in the final formal examination

Contact hours

Callaghan

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 8 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term