Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Vince Verheyen


Establishment of a waste reduction and waste-to-resource culture; Sustainable waste management in the context of greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy generation; Solid waste disposal and recycling (municipal, C&I, C&D); Treatment/remediation options and disposal of hazardous chemicals; Landfill management; Biological (aerobic and anaerobic) and chemical/physical remediation techniques of recalcitrant organic compounds such as petrochemicals in soils and aquifers; The use of substitutes to minimise environmental impact; Integrating cleaner production opportunities with triple bottom line criteria and life cycle analysis; Case studies are drawn from process industries and historical catastrophes.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain basic biological, physical and chemical principles behind management and remediation of industrial and municipal wastes;

  1. Discuss the remediation of recalcitrant materials in the environment;

  1. Develop waste management solutions on the basis of tried or potential remediation/management strategies;

  1. Identify areas within an industrial process that may be improved upon in order to achieve waste minimisation, recycling, greater materials efficiencies, process or operational optimisation;

  1. Work effectively in a team to identify and develop solutions to waste management problems.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Assignments: 40%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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