Environmental Engineering (2019)

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: CHEMY102, ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.

    Plus 15 points of electives from: BIOEB101, BIOEB102, CHEMY101, EARTH101, EARTH102, ENGEN110.

  • Year 2

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

    If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).

  • Year 3

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCB380, ENGCV323, ENGCV331, ENGEN301, ENGEN370, ENGEN371 and ENGEV341.

    Plus 30 points of electives from: BIOEB201, BIOEB202, BIOEB204, BIOMO203, CHEMY201, CHEMY202, CHEMY203, CHEMY204, EARTH211, EARTH221, EARTH231, EARTH241, EARTH251, ENGCV212, ENGCV251, ENGEN390 or ENVPL301.

    If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).

  • Year 4

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

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB101Concepts of Biology19A (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 Biodiversity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    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 Spectroscopy19A (Hamilton), 19A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 19C (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Secondary School - Unistart)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    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 Earth19B (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.
    ENGEN103Engineering Computing19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19T (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
    ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    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 Society19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    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 Engineering19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    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 Engineers19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    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 Engineers19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19S (Hamilton), 19S (Tauranga) & 19T (Hamilton)
    A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB200Behavioural Ecology & Conservation19B (Hamilton)
    The paper provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of behavioural ecology, and to the application of these to case studies in conservation biology in New Zealand.
    BIOEB201Principles of Evolution19A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the evolution and diversity of life. Topics include the history and philosophy of evolutionary thought, discussion of the mechanisms of evolution, present-day evidence of evolution in animals and plants; modern methods of analysing this evidence, and the evolutionary origins of current-day biodiversity.
    BIOEB202Principles of Ecology19B (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.
    BIOEB204Plant Structure and Function19B (Hamilton)
    Plants are key regulators of ecosystem processes, and actively respond to and change their environments. This paper examines how plants have these effects by exploring plant structure, functioning, reproduction and adaptation to different environments. Lectures and laboratory work emphasise New Zealand examples and the identificati...
    BIOMO203Microbiology19A (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...
    CHEMY201Organic Chemistry19B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings, also an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry is provided.
    CHEMY202Physical Chemistry19B (Hamilton)
    This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
    CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry19A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of inorganic chemistry including structure and reactivity of the main-group elements; point-group symmetry; molecular orbital, crystal field theories; transition metal coordination complexes.
    CHEMY204Analytical Chemistry19A (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 Materials19A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the nature, composition and origin of Earth materials and resources. Topics covered include: mineral properties and their uses; process origins of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; and the importance of Earth materials as a societal resource. The paper also encompasses the petrographic and analytical ch...
    EARTH221Soil Science19B (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. The paper also encompasses the properties, genesis, and distribution of the soils of New Zealand and their use.
    EARTH231Water Resources, Weather and Climate19A (Hamilton)
    Introduction to physical processes that influence the distribution of water in space and time within Aotearoa-New Zealand. Topics include mid-latitude weather and atmospheric precipitation processes that ultimately affect the availability of water across Aotearoa-New Zealand's diverse landscapes: a description of surface water reso...
    EARTH241Oceanography19B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography
    EARTH251Spatial Analysis in Geosciences19A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to quantitative spatial analysis in the geosciences, including production of maps and cross-sections of geomorphology and Earth materials from field and aerial image interpretation, use of 3D models of Earth materials, and an appreciation of volumes and stresses in the Earth's crust.
    ENGCB280Process Engineering Design 119B (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 119B (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.
    ENGCV231Geotechnical Engineering 119A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers basic concepts and principles governing the mechanical behaviour of soils, rocks and slopes, including the effective stress concept, shear strength of soils, and stability concepts. Field and laboratory work provide opportunity to learn practical skills and apply the knowledge gained.
    ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 219B (Hamilton) & 19S (Hamilton)
    Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to ordinary differential equations and methods to solve them.
    ENGEN270Engineering and Business19A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on empowering students to become “business savvy” and prepared to enter the workplace and solve real-world problems. Topics covered include; team formation, design thinking, Lean Canvas, project management, Agile, risk management, project finance, professional ethics, preparing for the workplace, and business...
    ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 119C (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19T (Hamilton)
    First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
    ENGEV241Environmental Engineering 119B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers skills, knowledge and capability for environmental engineers so they can understand, investigate and evaluate environmental engineering problems and solutions.
    ENGME221Engineering Thermodynamics19A (Hamilton) & 19T (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 Management19A (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.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGCB321Thermal Engineering19B (Hamilton)
    Application of engineering thermodynamics to steady and unsteady industrial processes, including, steam boiler systems, advanced power and refrigeration cycles, cooling towers and plant utility systems
    ENGCB322Chemical and Biological Operations19B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the principle and application of enzymes, concepts of fermentation technology, principles of bioreactor operation, bioprocess variables and their measurement, key product separation techniques, and bioprocess economics.
    ENGCB323Chemical Reaction Engineering19A (Hamilton)
    This paper is an introduction to the quantitative treatment of chemical and biological reaction and reactor engineering, including homogeneous and heterogeneous reacting systems.
    ENGCB324Mass Transfer Operations19A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the application of heat and mass transfer, and thermodynamics to chemical and physical separation process.
    ENGCB380Process Engineering Design 219B (Hamilton)
    Conceptual and detailed design, costing and economic assessment of chemical, biological and materials process plants, including software and numerical simulation, separation trains, heat exchanger and pump sizing, and reactor kinetics.
    ENGCV312Structural Engineering 219B (Hamilton)
    Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures including cables, arches, trusses and portal frames. Calculating load paths and influence line diagrams. Structural analysis methods including energy, displacement, force, and stiffness. Introduction to plastic theory and assumed mechanisms.
    ENGCV323Water Engineering 219A (Hamilton)
    Application of hydraulics and hydrology in water engineering such as design of water distribution systems, fundamentals of flow in open channels, design of hydraulic structures, fundamentals of surface water hydrology, rainfall-runoff models, analysis and modelling of hydrological processes, fundamentals of groundwater hydrology, d...
    ENGCV331Geotechnical Engineering 219B (Hamilton)
    Advanced course in geotechnical engineering including analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, and retaining structures under a variety of conditions, includes a project based learning activity that reinforces threshold concepts and theory.
    ENGCV351Construction 219A (Hamilton)
    Construction processes and building technology including surveying, site preparation, earthworks, foundations, Building Information Modelling (BIM), risk assessment, site health and safety, construction project management, demolition and site remediation.
    ENGCV380Civil Design Challenge 219B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the structural design and analysis of reinforced concrete (RC) buildings. Topics covered include the design and analysis of singly- and doubly-reinforced beams, short and slender columns, joint connections, detailing and bending schedule, and understanding the performance of concrete and steel as structural materi...
    ENGEE323Sensors and the Internet of Things19B (Hamilton)
    The paper covers the theory and applications of semiconductor sensors and the basic theory and design concepts used in common electronic measurement systems used by electronic engineers.
    ENGEE331Signals19B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers communications signalling and modulation, and signals fundamentals. Wired and wireless, baseband and passband, the Fourier representation of signals, bandwidth, and transmit filtering, are taught.
    ENGEE334Transmission Lines & Antennae19A (Hamilton)
    The paper uses classical electromagnetic theory to describe the propagation of electromagnetic waves and to analyse applications like transmission lines, waveguides, antennas, and microwave circuits.
    ENGEE335Integrated Circuits19B (Hamilton)
    The paper covers techniques for fabricating ICs, CMOS devices, logic gate characteristics and design, monolithic topologies such as differential pairs, multipliers, current mirrors, bandgap references, opamps, device failure mechanisms, ESD, electromigration, and estimating circuit reliability.
    ENGEE336Power Electronics19B (Hamilton)
    Paper covers theory, design, applications and the systems approach in power electronics. Subjects include power semiconductors, power converters, energy storge devices, DC power management, AC power conditioning and surge protection.
    ENGEN301Engineering Mathematics 319A (Hamilton)
    Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
    ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 219C (Hamilton)
    Second work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of third year.
    ENGEN390Special Topics in Engineering 119A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton), 19D (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN391Special Topics in Engineering 219A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton), 19D (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEV341Environmental Engineering 219B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the design, operation and management of unit processes used in environmental engineering including air, water, wastewater, storm water, waste, soils and noise treatment and control systems.
    ENGEV342Sustainable Engineering19A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of quality standards, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
    ENGME323Thermofluids19B (Hamilton)
    Application of basic principles of fluids and heat transfer to mechatronic engineering. Topics include fluid viscosity, fluid statics, hydraulics, flow in pipes, fans and pumps, conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer, heat exchangers and cooling electronic components.
    ENGME352Control and Applications19A (Hamilton)
    This paper teaches students the theory and application of control in mechanical and electrical systems. This paper covers the introduction of s-domain and plane, open and closed-loop control, PID control, digital control, root locus and frequency response analysis.
    ENGME353Mechanical and Electrical Machines19A (Hamilton)
    This paper builds on the fundamentals taught in ENGEN110, ENGEN111 and ENGEN180; it covers application of electromechanical machine characteristics in drive design, selecting suitable power sources and matching transmission components. Problem-based learning is used in conjunction with experimentation to compare theory to real mach...
    ENGME357Mechatronics Design19B (Hamilton)
    This paper teaches students the basics of mechatronics with advanced theory of control and analysis. This paper covers theory of microcontrollers, state space, basic programming for obstacle avoidance, path planning and navigation of mobile robots.
    ENGME380Design and Manufacturing 219B (Hamilton)
    This paper uses problem and project based learning methods to help students gain knowledge and skills in design and manufacturing. Students will be taught how to apply dirty prototyping to a design project, and use modern manufacturing methods to design and produce a complex machine.
    ENGMP311Materials 219B (Hamilton)
    It will develop understanding of the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.
    ENGMP313Mechanics of Materials 219B (Hamilton)
    Advanced level knowledge on mechanics and performance of materials, covering stress and strain transformations, failure criteria, unsymmetrical bending, torsion of non-circular sections, fatigue, materials selection and materials testing.
    ENVPL301Planning for Sustainability19B (Hamilton)
    This paper critically examines the concept of sustainability, discusses the various environmental pressures, such as climate change, and explores current best practice responses from global to local scales.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGCB521Advanced Process Control19A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the fundamentals of process control, and introduces advanced process control strategies.
    ENGCB523Advanced Energy Engineering19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
    Application of engineering thermodynamics, process integration and pinch analysis to energy systems including renewable energy systems and energy storage, small and large industrial utility systems with and without cogeneration, distributed and smart energy systems, and green buildings.
    ENGEN570Engineering and the Profession19Y (Hamilton)
    The roles and responsibilities of professional engineers are examined. Topics include; project management, leadership, negotiation, ethical responsibilities, legal duties, Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and professional communication.
    ENGEN581Honours Research Project19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
    Final year honours research project carried out on a topic assigned and supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN584Special Topics in Engineering 419A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19D (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN585Special Topics in Engineering 519A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19D (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN586Special Topics in Engineering 619A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19D (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN587Directed Study 119A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    ENGEN588Directed Study 219A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    ENGEV543Design for Energy and the Environment19B (Hamilton)
    This interdisciplinary paper focuses on the important aspects of science and technology related to new and existing energy resources and energy efficiency. Topics covered reflect the trend of current development in energy technology.
    ENGEV544Environmental Technology Water and Wastewater 119A (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    ENGEV545Environmental Technology Water and Wastewater 219B (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    ENVS524Environmental Evaluation19A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the interface between science and environmental planning. Insight into the resource consent process and the role of science in supporting sustainable resource management under the RMA is developed.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 4 December 2019 8:42am

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