C&ENVENG 2068 - Environmental Engineering & Sustainability II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course explores the relationship between engineering activities and the environment, using river systems as an example. The themes covered include the value of environmental systems, the modifications that have been made to environmental systems as a result of engineering activities, some of the negative impacts this has had, and continues to have, on our natural resources, as well as the role engineering plays in rehabilitating and managing these resources and ensuring the mistakes of the past will not be repeated by adopting sustainable planning and design practices. Specific topics might include: river modification and rehabilitation, water quality parameters, water quality modelling, fish passage, environmental flows, erosion control, social impact, sustainable design and environmental decision-making.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 2068
    Course Environmental Engineering & Sustainability II
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Incompatible C&ENVENG 2026
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 1008 & C&ENVENG 1009
    Course Description This course explores the relationship between engineering activities and the environment, using river systems as an example. The themes covered include the value of environmental systems, the modifications that have been made to environmental systems as a result of engineering activities, some of the negative impacts this has had, and continues to have, on our natural resources, as well as the role engineering plays in rehabilitating and managing these resources and ensuring the mistakes of the past will not be repeated by adopting sustainable planning and design practices. Specific topics might include: river modification and rehabilitation, water quality parameters, water quality modelling, fish passage, environmental flows, erosion control, social impact, sustainable design and environmental decision-making.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Christopher Stokes

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. To gain an understanding and appreciation of the value of environmental systems; the complexity of environmental systems and the implications this has for decision-making in relation to engineering projects; and the impacts of modifications that have been made to environmental systems, including river regulation, river channelisation and changes to catchments

    2. To become familiar with various river management and rehabilitation options (e.g. provision of fish passage and environmental flows, erosion control and water quality improvement) and to be able to apply them judiciously; and become familiar with a number of water quality parameters and ecological health measures, including their impact and how they are measured

    3. To be able to design simple rock chutes for the stabilisation of river beds; and develop and utilise basic dissolved oxygen models for rivers

    4. To learn to see engineering projects from multiple perspectives and gain an improved understanding of the effect of engineering projects on the environment and society

    5. To develop communication, research, critical thinking and decision-making skills and an understanding of the need for, and the meaning of, sustainable development

    6. To demonstrate the ability to apply an integrative or systems approach to solving engineering problems; an awareness of uncertainty and recognising limitations of engineering approaches and systems; and apply computers and information technology effectively to solve engineering problems

    7. To demonstrate competence in problem identification, formulation and solution; in critical and independent thinking; and in creative and innovative thinking

    8. To demonstrate the ability to effectively synthesize information and ideas in order to conduct investigations and research into civil and environmental engineering problems

    9. To demonstrate the ability to act in a professional manner; communicate effectively with others in the engineering profession and the community (written, oral and listening skills); work effectively as a member of a team; and manage effectively the allocation of time in performing tasks

    10. To demonstrate awareness of the social and environmental context of professional engineering practice

    11. To demonstrate competence to adapt to a changing society (lifelong learning skills)

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6-9
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6-8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 11
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 9
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture notes, course profile and online learning units
    Recommended Resources
    Online modules (slide handouts for the online learning units) and lecture slide handouts (modified versions of the slides used in lectures)
    Online Learning
    Additional required course-related material is available through MyUni, including:

    Online learning units (interactive online lectures)

    Design project information and resources

    Information on submissions and communication
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of a set of integrated learning activities designed to provide you with the opportunity to achieve the course learning objectives in a supportive and motivating context.

     
    The centrepiece of the course is a Design Project. You will learn the fundamental principles/underlying the theory required to complete the project as part of a number of learning cycles consisting of a series of Online Modules, Online Quizzes and Lectures. The Online Modules and Quizzes provide you with a base level of knowledge that enables more in-depth material to be explored during Lectures.  The Design Project provides you with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the material covered by applying it in a realistic context.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. Please note that University guidelines suggest that the average student should spend 48 hours per week to achieve a Credit.  Consequently, the total workload for this
    course is 12 hours per week (144 hours in total) for an average student to achieve a Credit.

    Activity Contact Hours Private Study Hours Total
    Lectures 16 0 16
    Online learning units 0 33 (3h per scheduled hour (see Section 1.3),
    allowing for quizzes, reading of lecture notes etc.)
    33
    Design (phase 1) 5 15 20
    Design (phase 2) 6 19 (per person – this is a group task) 25
    Design (phase 3) 5 20 (per person – this is a group task) 25
    Design (phase 4) 5 20 (per person – this is a group task) 25
    Total 37 107 144
    Learning Activities Summary
    A detailed outline of all of the learning activities, as well as their timing, is shown in the Course Profile, which is available from MyUni.


  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary


    Assessment Task

    %*

    G/I**

    D/F/S#

    Type

    Due Date

    Feedback Date

    Online Quizzes Embedded in Online Modules

    0

    I

    F

    Online

    N/A

    Instant

    Online Quizzes (River Rehab):

    ·         OQ: River Modification

    ·         OQ: River Rehabilitation

    ·         OQ: Environmental Flows

    ·         OQ: Water Quality Parameters

    ·         OQ: Water Quality Modelling 1

    ·         OQ: Water Quality Modelling 2

    ·         OQ: Erosion Control

    ·         OQ: Fish Passage

    ·         OQ: Social Impact

    ·         OQ: Sustainable Development

    ·         OQ: Env. Decision-Making

    10

     

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    Online

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    Thu, Week 1, 10pm

    Thu, Week 1, 10pm

    Mon, Week 2, 10pm

    Wed, Week 5, 10pm

    Wed, Week 5, 10pm

    Wed, Week 5, 10pm

    Mon, Week 8, 10pm

    Mon, Week 8, 10pm

    Mon, Week 11, 10pm

    Mon, Week 11, 10pm

    Mon, Week 11, 10pm

     

    Instant

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    Design Project – Phase 1

     

    10

    I

    S/F

    Design calculations & summary

    Thu, Week 4,  4pm

    Fri, Week 6

    Design Project – Phase 2

    10

    G(2)

    S/F

    Design calculations & summary

    Fri, Week 7, 4pm

    Fri, Week 9

    Design Project – Phase 3

     

    10

    G(2)

    S/F

    Design calculations & summary

    Fri, Week 10, 4pm

    Fri, Week 12

    Design Project – Phase 4

    10

    G(2)

    S/F

    Design calculations & summary

    Fri, Week 13, 4pm

     

    Exam (2h)

    50

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    *    This is the percentage of the overall
    assessment for the course

    **   This indicates whether the assessment task is
    to be performed individually (I) or in groups (G)

    #    This indicates if the assessment task is
    diagnostic (D), formative (F) or summative (S) (see Good Practice Guidelines)

    ^^   Although these assessment tasks count towards
    the overall mark, they are primarily formative in nature

    Assessment Related Requirements
    In order to pass this course, students must
    obtain at least:
         
    - 35% for the design project
    - 40% for the exam

    If the above requirements are not met, the result for the Course is a Fail (XX%), where the final percentage (XX%) is the lowest of the failed designated Assessment Hurdle components.

    If an additional assessment is granted for a designated Assessment Hurdle component on academic grounds, the maximum that can be achieved for this component is 50%.
    Assessment Detail
    Quizzes embedded in Online Modules (formative)

    The Online Quizzes can be accessed from within the Online Modules, which are on the course MyUni site.  It should be noted that some quizzes contain numerical questions that will require the use of a calculator.

    - You can complete the quizzes as many times as you like
    - The quizzes are purely formative and are therefore not assessed
    - The quizzes are open book

    Online Quizzes (summative)

    The Online Quizzes can be accessed as part of the relevant online Learning Units on the course MyUni site. It should be noted that some quizzes contain numerical questions that will require the use of a calculator.

    How to answer the quiz questions is intuitive (e.g. multiple choice, true/false, rank in order, match statements, fill in the blanks).  However, please note that if you are asked to respond to a “Multiple Answer” question, any number of the answers provided can be correct (or incorrect) and you must indicate which of the answers you consider to be correct.

    - You can complete the quizzes as many times as you like
    - While the quizzes will remain available after their submission deadline, the mark at the time of the deadline will be counted towards assessment
    - The quizzes are open book
    - You must complete the quizzes individually, without the assistance of anybody else

    Project

    The objective of the Project is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the course material in a realistic context in order to achieve higher-order learning outcomes.

    Details about the Project are given in a separate handout at the start of the course.

    Exam

    - The duration of the exam is 120 minutes
    - The exam is closed book, however a detailed formula sheet is provided
    - The exam will contain a mixture of numerical and short answer questions







    Submission
    Details about the submission process for the Project are given in the Course Profile which is available on MyUni
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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