MECH ENG 7050 - Sustainability & the Environment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
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 Basic fluid mechanics and mathematics 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 Create 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.
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 course consists of approximately 20 hours of face-to-face lectures, 16 short (15-30) minute on-line lectures, an industry site visit, and four individual, open-ended assesments. A detailed literature review as part of the second assessment is also required.
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
Specific Course RequirementsNONE
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Consulting report calculations - air and water pollution 20 Individual Summative Week 4 1. 2. 4. 5. Consulting report - air and water pollution (PLUS Literature review) 35 Individual Summative Week 6 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Sustainability in industry: project proposal 35 Individual Summative Week 9 3. 4. 5. Sustainability in industry - Video presentation 10 Individual Summative Week 11 4. 5. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
As per announcements, Assessments 3 and 4 will be modified slightly. You will not have a site visit, but focus on a different topic (most likely covid-19).
Assessment Related RequirementsNONE
Individual assessment requiring calculations for the design of air and water pollution treatment systems.
Individual assessment requiring report writing (consulting engineering format) on the design of air and water pollution treatment systems. A detailed literature review on the relevant technology is also required.
Individual assessment requiring report writing to present a proposal to a real social-good organisation in what they could do to be more sustainable.
Individual assessment requiring a video presentation that corresponds to assignment 3.
Everything is to be submitted electronically (via MyUni).
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.
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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