The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


The course will cover conventional and innovative technologies currently used to achieve clean up goals within Australia and internationally. The course will focus on defining remediation goals using risk assessment guided by bioavailability concepts. In addition, key areas studied will include bioremediation, chemical remediation, natural attenuation and other emerging technologies. Finally, the course will consider the hybridisation of different technologies to suit site specific needs.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand and define what a remediated site means within the Australian regulatory system.

2. Possess a detailed knowledge of Remediation technologies available and their applicability to contaminated sites.

3. Understand what challenges are faced in remediating different groups of contaminants and possible solutions.

4. Critically review scientific literature covering remediation technologies

5. Apply knowledge and techniques in qualitative and quantitative research approaches

6. Demonstrate understanding of quality control and assurance in determining analytes in environmental matrices.


The course will cover the following areas:

  1. Conventional Practice; types of contaminants, remediated?
  2. Natural attenuation
  3. Bioremediation: metal(loids)
  4. Bioremediation: metalloids -volatilisation
  5. Bioremediation: Hydrocarbons
  6. Bioremediation: Persistent organic pollutants
  7. Chemical Remediation: stabilisation
  8. Electrochemcial remediation
  9. Chemical remediation: soil washing
  10. Mixed contaminants and technology efficacy
  11. Nanotechnology remediating technologies
  12. Hybridisation of technology
  13. Sustainable Remediation

Lab practice will include:

  1. Introduction to laboratory practice, project topics
  2. Establishment of projects

Conduct assisted studies on a continued basis.

Assumed knowledge

Students should have a background in basic chemistry, physics and environmental science. Knowledge of soil science would be an advantage.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Field trial case studies

Literature Review: Literature review

Formal Examination: Formal Examinaton

Report: Laboratory Reports

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks