ENNR322-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Ecological Engineering

This occurrence is not offered in 2021

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


Principles of ecological engineering, ecosystem biogeochemical dynamics, toxicology, stormwater and non-point source pollution control, sub-surface contaminant transport.

Ecological Engineering is a core 15-point course in the second semester of second professional for Natural Resources Engineering students only. It builds directly on prerequisite material in ENCN 281, Environmental Engineering, and advances the environmental science principles inherently used in Ecological Engineering applications. This course will involve applied ecology, biogeochemistry, maths, physics, hydrology and some design and decision-making. It aims to develop students’ analytical and practical skills in managing common environmental engineering challenges including stormwater treatment, wetland design, water sampling, low-tech waste treatment, and contaminant fate and transport. Relevant design guidelines and environmental tools will be introduced with appropriate examples.

Learning Outcomes

  • Advance your knowledge on how to use environmental science and engineering design principles in solving topical environmental problems.
  • Understand the fundamental biogeochemical principles affecting behaviour of contaminants.
  • Understand and apply accredited environmental monitoring protocols required in environmental engineering practice.
  • Introduce soil and groundwater contamination concepts and problems.




Course Coordinator

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 - Lab report 10%
Assignment 2 - constructed wetlands 15%
Assignment 3 - biogeochemistry 15%
exam 30%
Test 30%

1. All assignments must be submitted by the due date via LEARN electronically AND a printed copy to the box designated for this course on Level 2. 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.
2. Participation in both labs is a compulsory requirement for this course.
3. Students in this course can apply for special consideration on the test or exam provided they have sat either the test or exam.
4. It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with the definitions, policies and procedures concerning academic misconduct/dishonest behaviour. Academic misconduct will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner.
5. Students should be familiar with the University’s Course and Examination Regulations. The University of Canterbury’s Policies may be downloaded from the University Calendar at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucpolicy/index.aspx. The Department Code is contained within the Undergraduate Handbook 2019, linked from: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/engineering/schools/cnre/undergraduate-study-options/

Textbooks / Resources

Available through the UC Library catalogue as an e-Book, plus 5 print copies available in EPS Library.


Communication: Apart from class contact, all information will be disseminated primarily via LEARN. It is your responsibility to check LEARN for class notices and material posted. Students are encouraged to submit questions to the instructor(s) through LEARN at any time. LEARN will be used to manage all correspondence outside of office hours.

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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