ENCN481-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Project-based design for treatment of contaminated media. Could include treatment of drinking water, wastewaters, landfill design, or remediation of contaminated soils. Laboratories, field trips.

The course is taught as two halves.  The first half will be on wastewater treatment plant design while the second half will be on landfill design.

Learning Outcomes

1. To develop specialised environmental engineering design skills using advanced technical knowledge.
2. To develop skills of engineering design integration in an environmental engineering context.
3. To communicate effectively on technically sophisticated specialist engineering design.



ENCI481, ENCI482

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mark Milke


David Wareham

About the Instructors

Mark Milke has taught Solid Waste Management at Canterbury since 1992.  He has served as a member of the Landfill Review Group for the NZ Ministry for the Environment.  He served seven years as an Associate Editor for the international research journal Waste Management.  He is a member of the Peer Review Panel for the Canterbury Regional Landfill.  He is currently supervising research into biogas production from solid wastes.

David Wareham has taught Biological Waste Treatment at Canterbury since 1995. He has worked on a number of wastewater treatment projects in Canada and Australia and has published a number of research papers in the field.  He is currently supervising research into removal of pesticides from wastewaters.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Exam (landfill) 15%
wastewater treatment lab (grp of 2) 5%
Landfill design (grp pf 2) 35%
Wastewater treatment plant design 25%
wastewater design test (2 hours) 20%

Textbooks / Resources

A. Wastewater Treatment Plant Design

A modified version of the course notes will be placed on Learn for download. You are expected to attend lectures and to fill in blanks at the appropriate places. If you miss a lecture, you are expected to get the missing information from your classmates. There are many good environmental engineering books in the TD section in the library that cover many of the principles and processes that are discussed in this section. They cover similar material, so that if you wish to do extra reading, have a look at the indexes and table of contents of the various books and you should be able to easily find more information about your subject of interest

B. Landfill Design
1. Course Reading

This repeats some of the ENCN 281 reading on Solid Waste Management. It will provide an introduction to the content covered in the course. It will be provided as a handout to students, and will also be provided on Learn.

2. Other Materials on Learn
Files related to the Design Project, solutions to problems in the course reading, and some previous tests/exams.  Simplified copies of the Powerpoint presentations will be provided on Learn. Students attending the lectures will see a fuller presentation.

3. Engineering Library
The following are on three-day reserve to provide extra support on landfill design topics.
“Geotechnical Aspects of Landfill Design and Construction”, by Qian, Koerner, & Gray, 2002.
“Solid Waste Landfill Engineering and Design”, by McBean et al., Prentice-Hall, 1995. -- “New Zealand Landfill Guidelines”, by Centre for Advanced Engineering, 2000.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

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 .

All ENCN481 Occurrences

  • ENCN481-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021