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CHNG5705: Foundations of Industrial Systems and Sustainability (2014 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||CHNG5705: Foundations of Industrial Systems and Sustainability (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering|
Professor Vassallo, Tony
|Session options:||Semester 2|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Brief Handbook Description:||To develop an awareness of the various concepts which underpin Sustainable Development, including technical and economic efficiency, stewardship of the bio-physical environment, and social acceptability.
To examine the material economy from the perspective of open and closed thermodynamic systems, and the implications of this for resource consumption and waste generation
To explore governing frameworks for Sustainability, and engagement of chemical engineers with these.
To explore tools and approaches for quantifying industry`s environmental performance and how this can be examined within a Sustainability framework.
To consider process design and operation, and product design, from a Sustainability perspective, how these can be informed by Green Engineering principles, and to suggest how this combination of perspectives could lead to a re-defined industry sector.
To investigate advanced topics related to the areas of industrial systems and sustainability and recent associated technological developments.
|Assumed Knowledge:||CHEM1101 AND CHEM1102 AND CHNG1103 AND MATH1001 AND MATH1002 AND MATH1003 AND MATH1005. Ability to conduct mass and energy balances, and the integration of these concepts to solve real chemical engineering problems Ability to understand basic principles of physical chemistry, physics and mechanics Ability to use mathematics of calculus (including vector calculus) and linear algebra, and carry out computations with MATLAB and MS EXCEL. Ability to read widely outside of the technical literature, and to synthesise arguments based on such literature. Ability to write coherent reports and essays based on qualitative information.|
Professor Vassallo, Tony
Dr. Chae, Soryong
|T&L Activities:||Project Work - own time: Projects and self assisted learning.|
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 undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance.
Ability to demonstrate critical and generic thinking skills.
Being able to handle and interpret data and information from disparate sources.
|Design (Level 3)|
|Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals in the context of chemical, biological and industrial systems.
Ability to apply theory to practice in both “closed” and “open ended” problem situations through critical judgement.
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)|
|Ability to identify, access, organise and communicate knowledge in both written and oral English.
Ability to use appropriate technology in furthering all skills.
|Information Seeking (Level 3)|
|Ability to comprehend the broad picture and thus work with an appropriate level of detail.
Appreciation of wider engineering context, including social, economic, ethical and commercial implications of industry practice in the context of sustainability.
|Professional Conduct (Level 3)|
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 3)
Assignment: Tutorials Scheduled Throughout Semester, linked to lecture topics
Project: 3 discrete projects which link to lecture topics
Quiz: T/F quiz as start of each lecture based on previous lecture(s), tutorials and/or readings
Additional assignment on topic of current relevance in energy or water, due in week 15
Additional group activity such as class presentation or site visit
|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.|
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 1||The thermodynamic view of the material economy, based on an analysis of closed and open systems, and implications of such for resource consumption and waste generation.|
|Week 2||Sustainability frameworks, including industrial metabolism and ecology, dematerialisation, precautionary principle, and Natural Step.|
|Week 3||Analytical tools for sustainability assessment|
|Sustainability metrics and indicators|
|Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Management|
|Week 4||Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Management|
|Week 5||Other Assessment Tools - Environmental Impact Assessment, Ecological risk Assessment|
|Week 6||Design for the Environment: Process Synthesis and Analysis Tools|
|Week 7||Design for the Environment: An Heirachical Approach|
|Week 8||Waste Minimisation and Cleaner Production|
|Week 9||Waste Management|
|Week 10||Environemental Assessment of Chemicals|
|Week 11||Green Chemistry|
|Week 12||Advanced topics related to the analysis of industrial systems and sustainability and associated recent technological developments.Sustainability analysis of resource, processing and service sectors of economy|
|Week 13||Course Review|
|Presentation on topic of current relevance in energy or water|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Final exam|
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This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 3)||Yes||0%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)||No||31.11%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)||Yes||15.56%|
|Information Seeking (Level 3)||Yes||0%|
|Communication (Level 3)||No||5.56%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 3)||Yes||47.78%|
|Project and Team Skills (Level 1)||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.