Course level

Postgraduate Coursework

Faculty

Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology

School

Chemical Engineering School

Units

2

Duration

One Semester

Delivery mode

Internal

Class contact

2L, 2P

Prerequisite

CHEM1200

Restricted

Minimum of 5 students or at Head of School's approval.

Assessment methods

Practical Report; Presentation; Final Examination

Course coordinator

Dr. Philip Bond (phil.bond@awmc.uq.edu.au)

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2019 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable
Semester 2, 2019 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

In the management of the urban water cycle the environmental engineer is frequently required to address challenges that threat public health and environmental quality. This course aims to provide students with a framework for understanding emerging contaminations (e.g. antibiotic resistance genes, water born pathogens and nanoparticles) and their health effects in a broader water, health and environment nexus. Graduates will be positioned to understand the sources, occurrence, fate, and health effects of emerging contaminations in environmental settings (in particular in the water cycle). In addition to covering the basic concepts and principles of water and public health, the course will highlight various emerging challenges for public health and environmental quality, these will include: 1) antibiotic resistance genes and antibiotic resistant bacteria; 2) Legionella pneumophila in water supply systems and Legionnaires┬┐ disease; 3) nanoparticles ecotoxicity; 4) pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs); 5) micro-plastics in environments; and 6) water contamination from firefighting foams.