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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to the complexities of waste management and associated technologies in industry and community settings. The waste management industry is worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually and all communities must deal with this issue. This unit uses case studies, practical and field experiences and a multidisciplinary approach to explore the expanding range of technologies to manage waste in appropriate and effective ways.

Unit content

  1. Types of waste
  2. Waste disposal
  3. Waste minimisation
  4. Dealing with difficult waste
  5. Site remediation and rehabilitation.
  6. Life cycle assessment
  7. Waste management technology in industry
  8. Waste management in the community
  9. Waste policy
  10. The future

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe types of waste, their impacts on the environment and understand waste disposal problems and methods Knowledge of a discipline
2 explore waste minimisation technologies and strategies Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
3 interpret and critically evaluate case studies, and field and laboratory experimental data Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
4 advise on waste management technologies and strategies for industry and community Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe types of waste, their impacts on the environment and understand waste disposal problems and methods
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explore waste minimisation technologies and strategies
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. interpret and critically evaluate case studies, and field and laboratory experimental data
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. advise on waste management technologies and strategies for industry and community
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.