ENCN482-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Site Assessment and Remediation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Soil and groundwater contamination; aqueous and non-aqueous contaminant fate and transport; containment methods; remediation options; New Zealand regulation and risk applications.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will have demonstrated:

1. A knowledge of biogeochemistry relevant to contaminated site assessment and remediation
2. A knowledge of contaminant transport processes, containment options, and associated calculations
3. A knowledge of risk assessment concepts as applied to contaminated site management
4. An appreciation for integrated engineering decision-making through examination of case studies




Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 A5 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00 Christchurch
6 May - 12 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 - 20 May - 26 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 E12
4 Mar - 10 Mar
18 Mar - 24 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
27 May - 2 Jun
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 240
4 Mar - 10 Mar
18 Mar - 24 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
27 May - 2 Jun
Tutorial C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 210
4 Mar - 10 Mar
18 Mar - 24 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
27 May - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

This course will be delivered in a traditional lecture format with supporting tutorials that will provide you with activities to reinforce your learning. Because classes will be small it is expected that all students will engage actively in the class by asking questions and contributing to the discussions.  Attendance at all classes is strongly recommended although the lectures will be recorded through ECHO360.

Because this is a final year elective course it is our expectation that you are a motivated and independent learner. You will seek support from the lecturer as well as from digital and physical resources as you see a need.

Here is a rough guide to the amount of time you should be putting into the various aspects of this course.

Activity                              Time (hours)
Lectures                               36
Tutorials                                 8
Demonstration and Site Visit 4

Independent study
Assignments, Report                50
Independent reading and research 40
Exam preparation                12

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mark Milke


Simone Larcher


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
REDOX/bacterial metabolism assignment 10%
Containment assignment 10%
NAPL/ contaminant transport assignment 10%
Report & presentation (CSRF Priority List) 20%
Final Exam 50%

1. You cannot pass this course unless you achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final exam. A student who narrowly fails to achieve 40% in the exam, may still may be eligible for a P (pass grade) in the course if they have shown consistently high class attendance and have performed very well in the internal assessment items.

2. All assessments must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted. If a student is unable to complete and submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond their control they should discuss this with the lecturer involved as soon as possible.

3. All projects must be done in pairs or individually.

4. Students who are eligible for Special Consideration for the final examination will be provided with an Oral Examination in the week designated for extra examination.


This course relies on most of the concepts taught in ENCN281 Environmental Engineering.  Familiarity with concepts from ENCN253 Soil Mechanics and ENCN353 Geotechnical Engineering will be relevant.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

International fee $6,000.00

* 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 .

All ENCN482 Occurrences

  • ENCN482-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024