Environmental Engineering (2018)

The Environmental Engineering programme combines fundamentals of engineering, science, mathematics and computing with supporting papers from water resources, water quality, earth and ocean environments, environmental planning, modelling and sustainability, chemistry, and biology. Environmental engineers develop and evaluate and assess options, design equipment and systems, and develop regulations and controls to solve issues of water quality, water supply, waste reduction and disposal, soil and air quality management, and control noise. These help protect and improve the air, water and soil environments. Prospective careers include local and regional government, engineering consultancies, companies and suppliers. Environmental Engineering is available as a specified programme for the BE(Hons). To complete the specified programme in Environmental Engineering, students must complete the following programme.

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  • Year 1

    Students must take the following papers: ENGEN103, ENGEN112, ENGEN170, ENGEN180, ENGEN183 and ENGEN184.

    Plus 30 points of electives including CHEMY101 or CHEMY102 and one of: BIOEB101, BIOEB102, EARTH101, EARTH102.

  • Year 2

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCB280, ENGCV223 , ENGCV231, ENGEN201, ENGEN270, ENGEN271, ENGEV241, ENGME221 and ENVPL201.

  • Year 3

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCB380, ENGCV323, ENGCV331, ENGEN301, ENGEN371, ENGEV341, ENGEV342.

    Plus 30 points of electives from: Any BIOEB 200 level paper, BIOMO203, Any Chemistry 200 level paper, Any Earth Sciences 200 level paper, Any Engineering 300 level paper (not including ENGLI3XX), ENVPL301, ENGEN390.

  • Year 4

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCB523, ENGEN570, ENGEN581, ENGEV541, ENGEV542, ENGEV580.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB101Concepts of Biology18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics.
    BIOEB102Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity18B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the principles of ecology and biodiversity. Topics include population, community and ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, and the structure, functioning and environmental responses of animals and plants. Examples will include New Zealand ecosystems and biota.
    CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy18A (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity18B (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences18A (Hamilton)
    A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with a focus on physical processes. Topics covered include coastal processes and hazards; climate change; weathering; erosion and mass movement; soil formation; the hydrological cycle; rive...
    EARTH102Discovering Planet Earth18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.
    ECONS102Economics and Society18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces selected economic models, with a focus on developing and applying critical thinking skills to a range of business and social issues and to economic policies.
    ENGEN103Engineering Computing18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as C# and Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers within the School of Engineering.
    ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of engineering mechanics.
    ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics18A (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
    Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
    ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering18B (Hamilton)
    Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
    ENGEN170Engineering and Society18B (Hamilton)
    Introduction to the role of engineering in society in particular understanding of Treaty of Waitangi, history of science, engineering and technology, philosophy and ethics and public participation, participatory design, sustainability.
    ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering18A (Hamilton)
    Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
    ENGEN183Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    A study of introductory statistics and the fundamental techniques of algebra including Gaussian elimination, vector and matrix algebra, complex numbers, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, as well as basic statistical notions and tools, with engineering applications.
    ENGEN184Calculus for Engineers18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
    A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.
    ENVSC101Environmental Science18B (Hamilton)
    A scientific study of the interaction between humans and the environment including climate change, utilisation and exploitation of natural resources and the effects of human activities on biological, chemical and physical processes that form resources and control ecosystems.
    GEOGY101People and Place18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
    An introduction to the new geographies of globalisation and cultural change. A foundation for second year papers on contemporary cultural geographies, regional geography, tourism, and Maori lands and communities.
    GEOGY103Environment and Society18A (Hamilton)
    This paper addresses implications for the global environment of different forms of societal activity. Content draws on the analysis of such topics as water, energy, climate change, and food.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB202Principles of Ecology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the principles of ecology, including adaptation to the environment, intra- and inter-specific interactions, community and ecosystem dynamics, and biogeography. Weekend field trips and computer laboratory work are essential elements.
    BIOMO203Microbiology18A (Hamilton)
    This paper will focus on microbial cell structure, function, and metabolism. Content and context will be drawn from both human and environmental examples. Students will acquire skills in microbiological laboratory techniques, data collection, data analysis, and report presentation. This paper is required for the Molecular and Cellu...
    CHEMY204Analytical Chemistry18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of analytical chemistry including characterisation using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass-spectrometry (MS); qualitative and quantitative analysis of mixtures using gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
    EARTH211Earth Resources and Materials18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the nature, composition and origin of earth resources and materials. Topics covered include: minerals in society and their properties; origin of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; volcanological and sedimentary processes and the importance of earth materials as sources for resources used by society.
    EARTH221Soil Science18B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the nature, formation, and classification of soils, their physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties, and issues of soil quality, land degradation and sustainable management.
    EARTH231Water Resources, Weather and Climate18A (Hamilton)
    New Zealand's water resources are coming under increasing pressure for human use, while their management requires that they also provide for healthy freshwater ecosystems. This paper describes the key physical processes that influence the distribution of water in space and time from a New Zealand perspective. Topics covered include...
    ENGCB223Fluid Mechanics18B (Hamilton)
    Basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including fluid viscosity, Bernoulli and mechanical energy equation, momentum analysis, dimensional analysis, flow in pipes and ducts, flow over bodies, and compressible flow.
    ENGCB280Process Engineering Design 118B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers mass balances around reactors and separation processes used by engineers in process design, CAD tools for process flow diagrams, pipe and instrumentation diagrams, and simple batch and continuous process modelling using software tools.
    ENGCV223Water Engineering 118B (Hamilton)
    Basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including fluid viscosity, Bernoulli and mechanical energy equation, dimensional analysis, flow in pipes and channels and introduction to hydrology and fluvial processes.
    ENGCV231Geotechnical Engineering 118A (Hamilton)
    Basic principles and concepts governing the behaviour of soils and rocks, including phase relationships, permeability and seepage, soil strength, compressibility, slope stability analysis, consolidation and settlement.
    ENGCV280Civil Design Challenge 118B (Hamilton)
    Civil design principles are applied to an open-ended design challenge. Design standards and calculations for simple civil structures are introduced, along with engineering drawings, and construction and testing of simple structures.
    ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 218B (Hamilton)
    Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to partial differential equations. Fourier series.
    ENGEN270Engineering Professional Practice 118A (Hamilton)
    Preparation for success in the engineering workplace including CV preparation, interview techniques, job seeking skills, online profile, workplace and engineering business cultures and norms, ethics, communication and management structures.
    ENGEV241Environmental Engineering 118B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers skills, knowledge and capability for environmental engineers so they can understand, investigate and evaluate environmental engineering problems and solutions.
    ENGME221Engineering Thermodynamics18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the fundamental concepts and laws of thermodynamics, including thermodynamics properties of substances, first and second law analysis, power cycles, refrigeration cycles and simple combustion analysis of engines.
    ENVPL201Introduction to Resource Management18A (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed to provide students with an introduction to law and policy relevant to the practice of environmental planning and management in New Zealand.
    GEOGY219Māori Lands and Communities18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to Maori geographical perspectives and examines key events that shape Maori communities and their relationships to land, water and other taonga.
    LEGAL201Public Law18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
    Part One examines the principles of constitutionalism and the framework of the New Zealand system of government. Part Two examines the exercise and control of executive power in New Zealand and the relationship between the state, its agencies and the individual.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL312Applied Terrestrial Ecology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    A course that explores ecological principles, ecosystem dynamics and functioning, restoration, conservation genetics, conservation ecology, forest ecosystems, pest control and protection of native species.
    BIOL313Applied Freshwater Ecology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers. Topics covered include the structure and function of major freshwater communities, fish and fisheries, human impacts and the management of inland waters.
    BIOL314Marine Biology and Monitoring18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the structure and function of marine ecosystems. This paper also covers human impacts on marine environments, including fisheries, as well as the design of ecological surveys and experiments. Field trip and practical classes are integral to the course.
    BIOL341Microbial Physiology and Ecology18B (Hamilton)
    A study of the physiology of bacteria with emphasis on their great metabolic diversity and on the unifying principles of energy generation. Includes Archaebacteria and bacteria of extreme environments.
    CHEM311Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry 218B (Hamilton)
    A theoretical paper covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
    CHEM312Organic and Physical Chemistry 218A (Hamilton)
    A theoretical paper covering aspects of organic and physical chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
    ECON315Environmental and Natural Resource Economics18A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the economics of sustainable development, resource use, pollution control and the conservation of the environment, including practical applications.
    ENGCV323Water Engineering 218A (Hamilton)
    Application of fluid mechanics principles to water engineering applications such as design of pipe system networks, pump characteristics and selection, open channel flow, hydraulic jump, measurement, analysis and modelling of surface hydrological processes.
    ENGCV331Geotechnical Engineering 218A (Hamilton)
    Basic principles and concepts governing the behaviour of soils and rocks, including phase relationships, permeability and seepage, soil strength, compressibility, slope stability analysis, consolidation and settlement with application to design of foundations.
    ENGEV342Sustainable Engineering18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of quality standards, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
    ENGG301Special Topic in Engineering18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical, literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic, supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGG372Engineering Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
    The second Work Placement for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.
    ENGG379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
    Guided reflection on professional work placements in engineering.
    ENMP321Process Engineering and Design18B (Hamilton)
    Advanced design and process technology for chemical, mineral, biological products and food processing. The principles of chemical and biological engineering, including designing production systems, process simulation, process economics, equipment design and separation technology.
    ENMP341Environmental Technology 218A (Hamilton)
    Engineering systems available for environmental issues, including processing, using and protecting water resources, wastewater treatment and disposal, air and atmosphere science and technology, emissions control, energy technology and fuel science.
    ENVP306Planning in Aotearoa/New Zealand18A (Hamilton)
    This paper extends students' knowledge of contemporary planning in New Zealand, and provides a practical understanding of the range of different types of planning that can be expected for New Zealand settlements.
    ERTH321Volcanology18A (Hamilton)
    A study of pyroclastic rocks, physical volcanology, volcanic hazards, the origin of magmas, crystallisation of rock-forming minerals and phase equilibria, petrology and trace element geochemistry of volcanic rocks, and geothermal and mineral resources.
    ERTH322Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology18B (Hamilton)
    A study of sedimentary processes, depositional environments, sedimentary basins and associated resources (petroleum and coal). Introduction to sequence stratigraphy, seismic reflection mapping and wireline logging as used in the petroleum exploration industry.
    ERTH333Pedology and Land Evaluation18B (Hamilton)
    Soil genesis and spatial variability, quantitative soil survey and soil-landscape modelling, soil taxonomy, and the interpretation of soil and land data in a form applicable to land-use planning and management.
    ERTH334Soil and Land Management18A (Hamilton)
    Analysis and interpretation of soil properties relating to land and environmental management. Soil fertility, soil water management, land treatment of wastes, soil degradation and remediation, soil nitrogen and phosphorus cycling.
    ERTH344Coastal Oceanography and Engineering18A (Hamilton)
    A study of water movement in estuarine and shelf environments. Methodologies for quantifying processes and responses for coastal planning and management. Evaluation of design conditions for engineering purposes. Introduction to numerical modelling.
    ERTH345Catchment Hydrology18A (Hamilton)
    A study of the measurement, analysis and modelling of surface hydrological processes at the catchment scale, emphasising river flow, evaporation, interception loss and hillslope runoff processes.
    ERTH346Freshwater Resources and Hazards18B (Hamilton)
    Overview of freshwater resources and their analysis, with some emphasis on groundwater resources; introduction to hydrological hazards including flood hazard analysis and river contamination modelling.
    ERTH352Engineering Geology18A (Hamilton)
    Study of the nature and mechanics of soil instability, slope erosion processes and the physical properties of earth materials. Mitigation and avoidance of hazards resulting from slope instability and associated erosion processes.
    GEOG328Geographic Information Systems18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
    GIS is widely used for providing information through mapping and spatial analysis. This paper will teach you how to use GIS, including an overview of data, analysis functions and applications.
    MCOM336Negotiation and Persuasion18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the theory and practice of persuasion and negotiation in a range of professional contexts.
    MCOM392Leading Change for Sustainability18A (Hamilton)
    This paper teaches leadership skills necessary for organisational change, with particular emphasis on the changes needed to make organisations more socially and environmentally sustainable.
    SCIE301Research Project18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
    Students carry out an independent research project on an approved topic under staff supervision. For a list of available projects, please contact the paper coordinator. Project start and end dates should align with A, B, S or T semester dates
  • 400 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGG492Honours Research and Management Project18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    An engineering research and development project, including design philosophy, market requirements, specifications, design and analysis, component and materials selection, prototype development, documentation, quality and failure analysis, standards and codes, IP protection, and project planning and management.
    ENMP407Materials and Processing Elective18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    An advanced study in materials and processing. Possible options include: advanced composites; metals; bioseparation processing. Sub-topics include: available processing options; effect of material characteristics on processing parameters.
    ENMP422Advanced Process Simulation and Control18A (Hamilton)
    Process dynamics, simulation and control and modern control systems, including open and closed loop, linear and non-linear systems, PID control, stability and tuning. It includes process simulation with commercial software packages.
    ENMP442Environmental Technology 318A (Hamilton)
    Topics in the engineering and science of water resources and water and wastewater treatment and management.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL560Freshwater Ecology18A (Hamilton)
    A critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face (e.g. pollution, management) and methods to mitigate potentially competing interests.
    BIOL561Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the different types of models that may be applicable in aquatic ecosystem modelling, including statistical, empirical, and process-based models. The key steps to setting up a model application are covered as well as the limitations and pitfalls of each type of model. Applications of the models are demonstrated f...
    BIOL564Restoration Ecology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on aspects of the health, vitality, resilience and restoration of ecosystems. Topics covered include restoration principles, theory and practice, lake restoration, river and stream restoration, wetland restoration and forest restoration.
    BIOL573Conservation and Restoration18A (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to explore the general principles of conservation biology and restoration ecology, with special reference to threatened species management and approaches to restoring ecosystems impacted by human activities.
    CHEM517Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry A18A (Hamilton)
    A critical examination of analytical methodologies for organic substances, eg pesticides, with special reference to the commercial context.
    CHEM527Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry B18B (Hamilton)
    An advanced study of instrumental analytical techniques for organic and inorganic compounds and comparison of their efficacies.
    ERTH524Volcanic Processes and Hazards18A (Hamilton)
    A study of volcanic landforms, physical characteristics of volcanic deposits, processes associated with eruption, transport and deposition of volcanic products, and volcanic hazards in active volcanic regions.
    ERTH525Hydrothermal Mineral and Energy Systems in New Zealand18A (Hamilton)
    A study of geochemical approaches and methods to solve various problems in the Earth Sciences including volcanic environments, with particular attention to hydrothermal systems, geothermal energy, and the formation of hydrothermal ore deposits.
    ERTH528Quaternary: Past Environments18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines environmental change during the Quaternary - the last 2.6 million years - and analyses some important methods and evidence used in reconstructing past environments using a stratigraphic framework and geochronology.
    ERTH533Soil and Greenhouse Gases18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the role that soils and their management play in the production and consumption of greenhouse gases, including a specific focus on the importance of solid carbon.
    ERTH535Land and Soil Evaluation18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines how soil and land may be evaluated to provide an improved understanding of sustainable land management, taking into account productivity and environmental goals.
    ERTH547Introduction to Hydrological Modelling18B (Hamilton)
    Optimal use of water resources is an essential part of national economic development. Hydrological science is considered with emphasis on techniques of water resource studies through hydrological model construction and simulations.
    ERTH548Ecohydrology18A (Hamilton)
    Ecohydrology is the interdisciplinary study of the interactions between water and ecosystems. It views water, carbon and energy as essential ingredients for living systems, and recognises that ecosystems may modify the hydrological systems of which they are a part. This paper bridges the gap between hydrological, soils, ecological ...
    ERTH552Rock Slope Engineering18B (Hamilton)
    This paper considers rock mechanics within engineering geology, including the strength of intact rocks and rock joints, engineering geological hazards, slope stability modelling, and an applied site investigation project.
    ERTH562Coastal Sedimentation18A (Hamilton)
    This paper addresses modern contentious issues of coastal sedimentation and sedimentary processes within a range of sedimentary environments. Both fundamentals and applied contexts are examined.
    ERTH563Coastal and Estuarine Processes18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an understanding of processes controlling movement of water in the ocean, including longwaves, baroclinic and barotropic circulation, wind-driven processes, surf-zone waves and currents, and nearbed currents in the coastal ocean.
    ERTH564Coastal and Freshwater Modelling: Physical Approaches18C (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the use of conceptual, empirical and numerical models of coastal systems.
    GEOG538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems18A (Hamilton)
    Automated techniques are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. In this paper, students are introduced to program scripts for automated GIS analysis, which is extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and is an area of expertise expected of GIS experts. An important part of th...
    GEOG548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a close examination of contemporary GIS modelling. GIS is used for a range of applications and in this paper students gain practical experience and understanding of many of these. Students are given the opportunity to develop GIS models in their choice of application.

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