CIV3264 - Urban water and wastewater systems - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Christoph Rudiger (Clayton)

Dr Amin Talei (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Overview of the various water and wastewater systems in an urban environment, their functions and modes of operation and influence of climate variability on urban requirements in terms of management and discharge of stormwater and wastewater. Examination of water supply treatment, stormwater management system, sewerage system and the interface between these systems.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Determine precipitation intensities and flow quantities for storm- and wastewater systems based on data available from the Bureau of Meteorology and industry standards.
  2. Design dimensions of overland and gutter flow, as well as pipes and retarding basins in an Australian capital city.
  3. Design screen chambers, grit chambers, aeration tanks, and clarifiers of a secondary wastewater treatment plant.
  4. Reflect on alternative stormwater drainage proposals and argue for the best choice.
  5. Decide between various wastewater treatment systems for differing problems given space and environmental constraints.
  6. Discern components of the water treatment chain and explain the chemical processes for water hardness removal.
  7. Reflect on the historical development and options available now for urban water management throughout the millennia and the purpose for water treatment in our society.


Continuous assessment: 35%

Examination (3 hours): 65%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lecture, 2 hours practice and site visit and 8 hours private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


CIV2207 and CIV2263; except for students enrolled in an Environmental Engineering (single or double) degrees who require CIV2263 only.