MECH ENG 7050 - Sustainability & the Environment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 7050 Course Sustainability & the Environment Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge 3 units of Level II Maths courses Course Description Good engineering solutions require consideration of ethical, environmental and sustainable issues. In this course students are introduced to the various topics including: engineering ethics, pollution, including air and water; sustainability, including design, manufacture, and life cycle assessments; and environmental impact statements.
Course Coordinator: Dr Cristian Birzer
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 demonstrate how to ameliorate air pollution problems 2 demonstrate how to ameliorate water pollution problems 3 prepare and interpret Environmental Impact Statements and Risk Assessments 4 evaluate issues concerning ethical behaviour for engineer 5 apply concepts of sustainability, sustainable design and manufacturing;
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-3,5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1-3,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-2,4-5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3-5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesCourse notes – will be made available via MyUni.
- Mihelcic, J.R. and Zimmerman, J.B., “Environmental Engineering – Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design”, Wiley, USA (2010)
- Wells, G. Sustainability in Australian Business, Wiley, Australia (2011)
- Bies, D.A. and Hansen, C.H., Engineering Noise Control, 4th edition, Spon Press, London, (2009)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The required time commitment from the beginning of semester to the end of the final exam is 41 hours attendance at lectures, 41 hours of self directed learning, 40 hours completing assignments and 43 hours of revising course material and preparing for the exam.
Learning Activities Summary
Engineering for sustainability
Water pollution and control(a) Types of industry and water pollutants(b) Environmental impacts of contaminants(c) Typical treatment approaches
Air Pollution(a) Legislative requirements(b) Effects on health and property(c) Principles of measurement of industrial pollution
(d) Basic control equipment
(e) Cleaner production/pollution prevention
(f) Gaseous and particulate pollution and control
Noise and Noise pollution(a) Fundamentals of sound(b) Noise and the law
Specific Course RequirementsNONE
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Consulting report assessment 1 - Air pollution 10 Individual Summative Week 4 1. 4. 5. Consulting report assessment 2 - Water pollution 15 Individual Summative Week 7 2. 4. 5. Consulting report assessment 3 - Sustainability in industry: project proposal 15 Individual Summative Week 8 4. 5. Consulting report assessment 4 - Sustainability in industry: project feasibility 25 Individual Summative Week 11 3. 4. 5. Consulting report assessment 5 - Air and water pollution 15 Individual Summative Week 11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Video presentation - Sustainability in industry 20 Individual Summative Week 12 4. 5. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
Assessment Related RequirementsNONE
This is a group report requiring a critical analysis of worldwide environmental, sustainable and ethical policies, laws and regulations. In groups of five or fewer, students will critically analyse at least one journal paper per student. The theme of the analysis is up to the students, but suggestions will be provided for assistance. Assessment of the report will include quality of analysis, selection of journal papers, and writing quality. Additional information will be provided to students.
This is an individual assignment on the air pollution component of the course and will involve either a design or a problem solving exercise.
This is an individual assignment on the water pollution component of the course and will involve either a design or a problem solving exercise.
This is an individual assignment on the sustainability and ethics pollution component of the course and will involve either a design or a problem solving exercise.
This is an individual assignment on the noise and noise pollution component of the course and will involve either a design or a problem solving exercise.
Assignments 1 and 5 must be submitted using the electronic assignment capability in MyUni. A hard copy of assignment 1 will also have to be submitted in the appropriate submission box on Level 2 of Engineering South. Additional information regarding assignments 2-5 will be provided in class.
Late assignments will be penalised 10% per day. Extensions for other assignments will only be given in exceptional circumstances and a case for this with supporting documentation can be made in writing after a lecture or via email to the lecturer who set the assignment. Hard copy assignments will be assessed and returned in 2 weeks of the due date. There will be no opportunities for re-submission of work of unacceptable standard. Due to the large size of the class, feedback on assignments will be limited to in-class discussion resulting from questions from students.
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
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