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Environmental Engineering Major


Environmental engineers are concerned with protecting the environment by assessing the impact a project has on the air, water, soil and noise levels in its vicinity. They define and document long term problems that may be caused by accidents, such as oil spills.

As an environmental engineering graduate, you may plan and design equipment and processes for the treatment and safe disposal of waste material and direct the conservation and wise use of natural resources, or be involved in research and development of alternative energy sources, water reclamation, waste treatment and recycling.

This major is best aligned with the Civil and Mechanical streams.

Unit of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Environmental Engineering Major

Unit of study table

Complete 24 credit points from the following:
Select a minimum of 18 credit points from the following units of study:
6    A ENGG1802 AND CIVL3612 AND MATH2061
P CIVL2611

The unit of study builds on the theory and concepts learnt in CIVL2611 Introductory Fluid Mechanics and CIVL3612 Fluid Mechanics.
Semester 2
Geoenvironmental Engineering
6      Semester 1
Fundamentals of Wind Engineering for Design
6      Semester 1
Reservoir, Stream and Coastal Engineering
6    A CIVL3612 and MATH2061.
Semester 1
A maximum of 6 credit points from any other CIVL 3000-level, 4000-level or 5000-level unit from the Civil Engineering Stream Core or Specialist table may be taken.
Alternatively, complete 24 credit points from the following units of study:
Energy and the Environment
6    A Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer
P MECH3260 OR MECH9260 OR AERO3261 OR AERO9261
Semester 1
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
6    A Partial differential equations; Finite difference methods;Taylor series; Basic fluid mechanics including pressure, velocity, boundary layers, separated and recirculating flows. Basic computer programming skills.
Semester 1
Vibration and Acoustics
6    P (AMME2301 OR AMME9301) AND (AMME2200 OR AMME2261 OR AMME9261) AND (AMME2500 OR AMME9500)
Semester 2
Renewable Energy
6    A The students will require an understanding of the basic principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, and the application of these principles to energy conversion systems. In particular, students should be able to analyse fluid flow in turbomachinery; perform first and second law thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion systems; and perform calculations of radiative, conductive and convective heat transfer.
P (MECH3260 AND MECH3261) OR (AERO3260 AND AERO3261) OR (MECH5262 AND MECH5261) OR (MECH9260 AND MECH9261) OR (AERO9260 AND AERO9261). Students claiming to have prerequisite knowledge based on study at other institutions must contact the unit of study coordinator before enrolling in this unit and may be required to sit a pre-exam to demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake this advanced level unit.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2