|12243008||Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology|
|Minimum duration of study: 1 year||Total credits: 128|
The BScHons (Applied Science) degree is conferred by the following academic departments:
Any specific module is offered on the condition that a minimum number of students are registered for the module, as determined by the relevant head of department and the Dean. Students must consult the relevant head of department in order to compile a meaningful programme, as well as on the syllabi of the modules. The relevant departmental postgraduate brochures must also be consulted.
A limited number of appropriate postgraduate modules from other departments are allowed. Not all modules listed are presented each year. Please consult the departmental postgraduate brochure.
Minimum credits: 128
Air quality awareness and impacts of air pollutants. South African air pollution legislation. Meteorology and dispersion modelling. Measurement of air pollution – sampling and analysis. Equipment design of settling chambers and cyclones. Venturis and other wet cleaning equipment. Bag filters. Electrostatic precipitators. Incinerators, adsorption and absorption equipment.
Engineering principles for environmental preservation and management, pollution control, life-cycle assessment, interactions in the macro and micro-environments, global and ecological systems, social-economic factors in environmental systems, predictive models for the current and future environment, environmental engineering as the driver of economic systems.
Identification of source materials, physical and chemical properties of waste. Release and transport mechanisms from source to air, groundwater, soil. Primary pathways of contaminants including sorption, volatilisation, biotic and abiotic transformations. Toxicology: absorption, distribution, biochemical transformation, and secretion of chemicals. Acute and chronic toxicity quantification and evaluation of risk. Hazard identification, exposure assessment, toxicity assessment and risk characterisation. Minimum requirements for the handling, classification and disposal of hazardous waste. Minimum requirements for waste disposal by landfill. Minimum requirements for water monitoring at waste management facilities. Recycling and resource management. Waste prevention, minimisation and optimisation.
Water quality parameters: physical, chemical, biological, microbiological; Units of expression; Evaluation of parameters; Methods of analysis and practical laboratory analyses; Water quality interpretation, evaluation and assessment, water quality guidelines and requirements for domestic, industrial, agricultural, ecological, recreational requirements; Limnology and water quality in rivers and lakes; Surface water modelling; Ground water quality and assessment; Regulatory aspects including all relevant legislation; Integrated environmental management, integrated pollution control; Procedures to assess effluent discharge impacts; and Water quality management, policies and procedures, role of catchment management agencies, and catchment management plans.
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