Water Science

PEH20006 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 51 Hours face to face + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit is to discover and apply the scientific knowledge required to identify likely water-based pollutants, their effects, how to detect and quantify them and how to treat them. Students will apply this skill set across a variety of water bodies including drinking water, wastewater and recreational water.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe the environmental impact of industrial and domestic pollution on water quality
2. Formulate relevant treatments to remediate water contaminated with a variety of pollutants
3. Use a Hach kit and lab techniques to analyse selected chemical contaminants in water
4. Describe some of the issues involved in swimming pool water quality and create solutions for these problems
5. Assess water management and the capacity for water as an alternative energy source