ENCN281-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Environmental Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


Water quality parameters; mass balances; kinetics; surface water quality modelling; ecological systems; treatment of water, wastewater, solid and hazardous wastes; air pollution.

Learning Outcomes

  • To introduce students to …

  • Environmental engineering particularly as it relates to water and wastewater quality;
  • Fundamental environmental engineering concepts such as environmental kinetics; mass balances and contaminant behaviour in the environment (reactor hydraulics);
  • Systems theory, ecosystem structure and dynamics;
  • Process concepts for water and wastewater treatment;
  • Solid and hazardous waste management; and
  • Principles of air pollution management and control.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry


ENNR203, ENCI383

Timetable Note

Required Course Text: Partial lecture notes will be posted on Learn and can be downloaded before each lecture.

Course Coordinator

Simone Larcher


Aisling O'Sullivan and Ricardo Bello Mendoza


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Chemistry review, Alkalinity, Environmental Water Quality Parameters Assignments 10%
Drinking Water 5%
Ecosystems 5%
Mass Balance/Hydraulics of Reactors/Surface Water Assignment 10%
exam 40%
Coagulation/flocculation lab report 10%
Test 20%

Assignment Details

You cannot pass this course unless you achieve a mark of at least 40% in both the term test and the final exam. A student who narrowly fails to achieve 40% in one of these particular individual assessment items, but who performs very well in the other, may be eligible for a pass in the course at the discretion of the course coordinator.

Students may apply for Special Consideration for Assessment to allow for special cases (illness, etc.) that affect performance on tests. Special Consideration for Assessment will not be considered for the water quality assignment, mass balance assignment, water and wastewater treatment assignment, ecosystems assignment or the coagulation/flocculation lab, although students may discuss late submittals of these with the instructor in charge of that particular assessment. A penalty will be assessed for late assignments. The penalty for this course has been set at 20 % per day of the actual marks available for the item of assessment. In evaluating grades involving Special Consideration for Assessment, the tests are considered separately from other assessment. Because a number of courses are usually affected when ill fortune strikes, students should see the first professional co-ordinator when difficulties arise.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Mihelcic, James R. Zimmerman, Julie Beth. Auer, Martin T; Environmental engineering : fundamentals, sustainability ; John Wiley, 2010.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

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