Year
2021
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 75-hour independent study per semester
Prerequisites
2 of ENGR3851, ENGR8951, GEOG3040, GEOG8040
Assessment
Presentation, Report
Topic description

This topic will see students undertake an environmental assessment, analysis and design associated with a large engineering project. This topic includes application of investigative methods to environmental impact assessment, considering relevant EIA laws and policy. Proposed road upgrades, construction of new buildings, proposed dams, mine site activity and land division are all good examples of focal themes in this topic. Guest lectures, workshops and site visits provided by industry representatives are a feature in this topic.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide a capstone covering of a wide range of issues relating to sustainable engineering, with a focus on the environmental, economic and social implications of engineering projects. Students will gain an understanding of the complexities and trade-offs in decision-making, including considerations of social equity, quality of life and wellbeing, and assessment of economic and environmental impacts.

This topic is largely project driven with students being presented with problems and needing to formulate cost-effective but environmentally sustainable solutions.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to able to:

  1. Propose sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions to complex engineering problems
  2. Understand the complexities and trade-offs in developing such solutions, including considerations of social equity, quality of life and wellbeing, and assessment of economic and environmental impacts
  3. Work as a team member in the development of solutions