ENGG5202: Sustainable Design, Engineering & Management (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ENGG5202: Sustainable Design, Engineering & Management (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Vassallo, Tony
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The aim of this UoS is to give students an insight and understanding of the environmental and sustainability challenges that Australia and the planet are facing and how these have given rise to the practice of Sustainable Design, Engineering and Management. The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the nature and causes of the major environmental problems facing our planet, with a particular focus on energy and water, and how engineering is addressing these challenges.

The course starts with a description of the physical basis of global warming, and proceeds with a discussion of Australia`s energy and water use, an overview of sustainable energy and water technologies and sustainable building design. Topics include the principles of sustainability, sustainable design and social responsibility, sustainable and renewable energy sources, and sustainable use of water. Aspects of designing a sustainable building, technologies that minimise energy and water consumption, consider recycling and reducing waste disposal using advanced design will also be discussed during this course.
Assumed Knowledge: General knowledge in science and calculus and understanding of basic principles of chemistry, physics and mechanics
Lecturer/s: Professor Vassallo, Tony
Dr Abbas, Ali
Timetable: ENGG5202 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 5.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorial

Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about five hours of study outside the specified contact period.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Project exercises will require students to undertake investigation and formulation of problems and potential solutions in complex, ill-defined situations involving uncertainty, inadequate or conflicting information and mixtures of technical and non-technical factors. Design (Level 4)
Projects will build on prior Chemical and Biomelecular engineering knowledge. This will reinforce learning of fundamental science and engineering concepts. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Students wil be required to make effective use of computer-based tools of analysis, visualisation and simulation in engineering work Information Seeking (Level 3)
Emphasis on verbal presentation of project findings will be used to develop communication skills. Communication (Level 3)
Assessment of projects is based not just on technical content but will also require professional judgments of the impact of the project on the community Professional Conduct (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 4)
1. Through design, to include the principles of sustainability in complex engineering problems
Information Seeking (Level 3)
2. To identify, source and critically analyse information on sustainable design from diverse sources and be able to judge the level of confidence and authority in its use
Communication (Level 3)
3. To be able to effectively communicate the principles of sustainability to various stakeholders including the community and senior management
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
4. To appreciate and understand the need to incorporate principles of sustainability in engineering
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
5. To be able to form and work in teams, identifying and utilizing diverse skills to achieve optimal outcomes
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4,
2 Presentation/Debate/Site visit Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Project Yes 20.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
4 Project Yes 20.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
5 Final Exam No 30.00 Exam Period 1, 4,
Assessment Description: Quiz: Weekly quizzes

Presentation/Seminar: Tutorials, Presentations, participation, assignments

Project: Project 1

Project: Project 2

Final Exam: Final exam
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 What is Sustainable Design & why is it needed
Week 2 Energy resources, conversion, use and consequences
Week 3 Energy use in buildings, embodied energy & LCA [guest lecture 1]
Week 4 The Whole System Approach to Sustainable Design – I
Week 5 The Whole System Approach to Sustainable Design – II [guest lecture 2]
Tutorial: Debate 1
Week 6 Management and sustainability, investment, risk, ethics
Assessment Due: Project
Week 7 Water resources, use and consequences
Week 8 Residential, commercial and industrial water use, embodied water & LCA
Week 9 Sustainable design for water provision, distribution and use I
Week 10 Sustainable design for water provision, distribution and use II
Assessment Due: Project
Week 11 Waste management I – principles including heat and mass flows
Other: Site visit - desalination or waste treatment
Week 12 Waste management II – sustainable design, engineering and management in industry
Week 13 Review
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Network) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering) 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Wireless) 2010, 2011, 2012
Graduate Certificate in Engineering 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular) 2012
Master of Engineering (Sustainable Processing) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 32%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 0%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 12%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 12%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 32%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 12%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.