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CHNG5003: Green Engineering (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG5003: Green Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Harris, Andrew
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Green engineering, eco-technology and sustainable technology are all interchangeable terms for the design of products and processes that maximise resource and energy efficiency, minimise (or preferably eliminate) waste and cause no harm to the environment. In modern society, engineers equipped with the skills to develop sustainable technologies are tremendously valuable. This unit of study will examine cutting edge examples of sustainable technologies across a broad range of applications relevant to chemical and biomolecular engineering. The delivery of teaching and learning material will be exclusively in project mode. Students will be expected to critically analyse modern engineering processes and improve them, from the ground up if necessary, so that they satisfy the criteria of eco-design. At the completion of this unit of study students should have developed an appreciation of the underlying principles of green engineering and be able to demonstrate they can apply these skills to new and novel situations. Students are expected to develop an integrated suite of problem-solving skills needed to successfully handle novel (and previously unseen) engineering situations, coupled with an ability to independently research new areas and be critical of what is found, and an ability to cope with experimental data, change and uncertainty through critical thinking.
Assumed Knowledge: CHNG3801 AND CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3805 AND CHNG3806 AND CHNG3807. All core third year chemical engineering.
Timetable: CHNG5003 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Meeting 4.00 2 13
2 Independent Study 1 13
3 Lecture 1.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Approximately 4-5 hours per week outside timetabled classes to keep up with assignment and coursework.

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.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)
1. Explain the principles of green engineering and eco-design and their current interpretations in chemical engineering practice.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
2. Exhibit effective interpersonal communication and demonstrate team-based working skills
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
3. Communicate clearly and concisely.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
4. Identify and critically review a broad range cutting edge examples of sustainable technologies relevant to chemical and biomolecular engineering.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
5. Apply sustainable principles in analysing and optimising a given engineering process from the ground up.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 5.00 Week 2 1, 3,
2 Assignment No 15.00 Week 4 3, 5,
3 Assignment Yes 15.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4,
4 Assignment Yes 20.00 Week 8 1, 3, 4,
5 Assignment No 20.00 Week 11 1, 3, 5,
6 Assignment Yes 25.00 Week 13 1, 3, 4, 5,
Grading:
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.
  • Biomimicry
  • Green Chemistry: An introductory text
  • Green Engineering
  • Sustainable development in practice: Case studies for engineers and scientists

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 Assessment 1 issued
Keynote Lecture 1
Week 2 Workshop
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 3 Assessment 2 issued
Keynote Lecture 2
Week 4 Workshop
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 5 Keynote Lecture 3
Assessment 3 issued
Week 6 Workshop
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 7 Keynote Lecture 4
Assessment 4 issued
Week 8 Workshop
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 9 Assessment 5 issued
Assessment 5 Laboratory (1)
Keynote Lecture 5
Week 10 Workshop
Assessment 5 Laboratory (2)
Week 11 Assessment 6 issued
Keynote Lecture 6
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 12 Assessment 6 Presentations
Workshop
Week 13 Workshop
Assessment Due: Assignment

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular 2018, 2019, 2020, 2015, 2016, 2017
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 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular) 2012
Master of Engineering (Sustainable Processing) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 29.75%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 3.75%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 22.75%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 19.25%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 24.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.