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CHNG2805: Industrial Systems and Sustainability (2017 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG2805: Engineering for a Sustainable Society (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Vassallo, Tony
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (MATH1001 OR MATH1901) AND (MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1903) AND (MATH1005 OR MATH1015 OR MATH1905) AND ENGG1801 AND CHNG1103 AND (CHEM1101 OR CHEM1901 OR CHEM1903) AND (CHEM1102 OR CHEM1902 OR CHEM1904).
Co-Requisites: CHNG2804 AND CHNG2806.
Brief Handbook Description: This course involves the study of the various concepts which underpin sustainable development, including technical and economic efficiency, stewardship of the bio-physical environment, and social acceptability. The course examines the material economy from the perspective of open and closed thermodynamic systems, and the implications of this for resource and energy consumption, and waste generation. A number of governing sustainability frameworks are examined to determine their suitability within the context of chemical engineering. A range of approaches and tools for determining industries environmental performance are introduced as part of a sustainability framework. Energy production and use, and product design are investigated from a sustainability perspective. Green Engineering principles are highlighted as a potential method for transforming industry.
Assumed Knowledge: Mass and energy balances, physical chemistry, physics.
Lecturer/s: Professor Vassallo, Tony
Tutor/s: TBA
Timetable: CHNG2805 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 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Projects and self directed learning. Students are expected to spend about 5-8 hours of ‘self-learning’ outside the specified contact periods.

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
Ability to apply the principles of thermodynamics in the context of chemical, biological and industrial systems Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
Ability to apply the principles of thermodynamics in the context of chemical, biological and industrial systems Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
Communicating ideas related to sustainability of Australian industries Communication (Level 2)
Developing a conceptual framework for analysing chemical, biological and industrial systems from a sustainability perspective 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.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
1. Quantifying the environmental performance of industry (with specific reference to the resource and processing sectors) using appropriate tools
2. Understanding the trade-offs in decisions which impact on sustainability
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
3. Understanding the thermodynamic basis of the material economy in terms of resource consumption and waste generation
Communication (Level 2)
4. Being effective communicators of sustainability arguments to all stakeholders, and interpreters of social and environmental concerns in ways which can help shape industry practice
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
5. Understanding the philosophical, social and political bases for sustainability, in addition to the technical, economic and environmental ones
6. Understanding the role of technology in promoting sustainability
7. Understanding corporate responsibilities with respect to sustainability
8. Interrogating governing frameworks for sustainability to support actions within industry
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorial Performance Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Project Yes 25.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Quiz No 10.00 Week 7 (Tuesday) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Final exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 6, 8,
Assessment Description: Attendance: Satisfactory tutorial performance

Project: A major assignment which links to the lecture topics and is undertaken in small groups

Quiz: T/F and multiple choice quiz
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 . 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 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

Week Description
Week 1 Global warming, Climate Change, Resources and Sustainability
Week 2 Systems thinking
Week 3 Frameworks: The Natural Step, Precautionary Principle, Industrial Ecology and Dematerialisation
Week 4 Circular economy and whole system design
Week 5 Pollutants and emissions reporting
Week 6 Risk, Safety and Environment Protection
Week 7 Environmental Impact Assessments & Statements
Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 8 TBA
Week 9 No lecture
Week 10 TBA
Week 11 Sustainability concepts application: practice
Week 12 Business perspectives on sustainability and Analytic Hierarchy Process
Week 13 Methods for innovation and change
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
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 32.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) Yes 16.25%
Information Seeking (Level 2) No 0%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 6.25%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 45%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%

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.