CEME 1001 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
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 introductory overview to different aspects of Environmental Engineering. The interconnectedness of the environmental system is emphasized, including concepts of sustainability, resilience, pollution (air, water, noise and solid waste), community engagement, and legislative and regulatory requirements. Students will be required to document the causes and impacts of a historical environmental disaster, engage in a community debate on a controversial development proposal, and write an environmental impact statement for a large infrastructure project (e.g. mine site, new hospital). The course will include a two-day field trip to the Whyalla steelworks or an equivalent facility, likely to be scheduled in the mid-semester break.
Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Leonard
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 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 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
Online LearningAll 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 ModesThe course will be delivered through mulitple modes and activites. All information and resources will be available through MyUni.
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Learning Activities SummaryThe 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).
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting Individual/Group Formative/ Summative Date Learning Outcome Weekly online quiz 1% each (10% in total) Individual
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
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.
To support the changes to teaching, the following revisions to
assessment have been made:-
Weekly online quiz 1% each (10% in total) (unchanged)
Assignment 1: 'The Anatomy of an Environmental Disaster' 15% (modified
to have a video submission)
Assignment 2: 'South Australian nuclear fuel cycle' 15% (modified to
have a video submission)
Assignment 3: 'Whyalla field visit report' 20% Individual (replaced with
written submission on Pt Pirie Lead Smelter and South Australia
Assignment 4: 'Environmental Impact Statement for the Whyalla
steelworks' 40% (unchanged)
Assessment DetailDetails of all assessments will be available through MyUni
SubmissionAll submissions will be electronic, through MyUni.
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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