Water chemistry

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Blended
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: University of South Australia
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About this unit

This Water Chemistry unit from Open Universities Australia and the University of South Australia examines the purposes of various chemicals used in drinking water and wastewater throughout each stage of treatment.

At the completion of this unit, you will be knowledgeable in natural and synthetic pollutants in water and wastewater, and how water parameters are used to assess quality and treatment.

You will also investigate both beneficial and detrimental processes that can occur in the supply of drinking water and wastewater treatment, and recognise key treatment infrastructures.

On-campus component

This unit has an on-campus attendance requirement at the University of South Australia.

Eligibility

It’s recommended that you have completed the following unit, or have equivalent knowledge before starting:

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry)

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Associate Degree in Engineering

Areas of study

In this Water Chemistry unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introductory chemistry
  • Physical and inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry and microbiology
  • Water quality parameters
  • Water treatment processes (potable supplies)
  • Coagulation and flocculation
  • Membrane and desalination
  • Wastes and wastewater treatment
  • Pollutants in drinking water
  • Chemical pollutants in industrial and domestic wastewaters
  • Control of chemical use and pollutants in water and the environment

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Associate Degree in Engineering, University of South Australia

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Students who successfully complete this unit will have core competencies in the biological and chemical processes that occur in each stage of drinking water and wastewater treatment. You will also be proficient in conducting basic laboratory procedures and water quality analyses applied in the water/wastewater industry.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Water Chemistry from University of South Australia.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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