CEME 1001 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This subject provides an overview to different aspects of Environmental Engineering. Students will perform an Environmental Impact Assessment for a large infrastructure project (e.g. mine site, new hospital), covering a wide range of processes (soil, air, water , hydrological cycle, nutrient cycles) and resulting in an environmental impact statement report. The interconnectedness of the environmental system is emphasized, including links to human interactions , including concepts of sustainability, resilience, pollution (noise, air, water), legislative and regulatory requirements, impact assessment and management options.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CEME 1001
    Course Introduction to Environmental Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This subject provides an overview to different aspects of Environmental Engineering. Students will perform an Environmental Impact Assessment for a large infrastructure project (e.g. mine site, new hospital), covering a wide range of processes (soil, air, water , hydrological cycle, nutrient cycles) and resulting in an environmental impact statement report. The interconnectedness of the environmental system is emphasized, including links to human interactions , including concepts of sustainability, resilience, pollution (noise, air, water), legislative and regulatory requirements, impact assessment and management options.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Seth Westra

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Implement a systems approaches to environmental problems, and explain how the earth functions as an integrated system
    2 Articulate the causes and impacts of an environmental disaster, and implement a systems approach to identify potential mitigating measures
    3 Recognise, explain and discuss the concepts of resilience and sustainable development
    4 Articulate a position on an environmental issue from a diverse set of stakeholder viewpoints
    5 Recognise, explain and discuss the requirements of environmental impact assessments, and be able to write an environmental impact statement for a case study
    6 Recognise, explain, discuss, apply and critically analyse environmental impacts related to air pollution, water pollution, changed flow regimes, noise pollution and waste, as well as potential mitigation options
    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: 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.6
    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)
    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
    1,2,4
    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
    2,4,5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    4
    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
    4
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    All necessary course material will be made available on MyUni. Several assignments will require further research, and students should make use of the University of Adelaide library and resources (e.g. databases) therein.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be delivered through mulitple modes and activites. All information and resources will be available through MyUni.


    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    The course will involve two sessions per week (two hours each), which will comprise a mix of lecture delivery, interactive class discussions, small group discussions, presentations, debates and related activities. In addition to face-to-face class time, you'll be expected to do online activities including viewing modules and pre-reading; all relevant online material will be made available via MyUni.

    A two-day (overnight) field trip will be organised in the mid-semester break to the Whyalla steelworks, and staying overnight in Whyalla. The
    indicative cost for this trip will be $210, and will be linked to Assessments 3 (field trip report) and 4 (Environmental Impact Statement for the Whyalla steelworks).
  • 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 Weighting Individual/Group Formative/ Summative
    Date Learning Outcome
    Weekly online quiz 1% each (10% in total) Individual

    Formative

    Weekly (see dates on MyUni) 1,2,3,5,6
    Assignment 1: 'The Anatomy of an Environmental Disaster' 15% Group Summative Week 3/4 2
    Assignment 2: 'South Australian nuclear fuel cycle' 15% Individual Summative Week 5/6 4
    Assignment 3: 'Whyalla field visit report' 20% Individual Summative Week 8 2,3,5
    Assignment 4: 'Environmental Impact Statement for the Whyalla steelworks' 40% Group Summative Week 13 5
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni
    Assessment Detail
    Details of all assessments will be available through MyUni
    Submission
    All submissions will be electronic, through 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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