ENGG5202: Sustainable Design, Engineering & Management (2015 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||ENGG5202: Sustainable Design, Engineering & Management (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering|
Professor Vassallo, Tony
|Session options:||Semester 1|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|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|
Professor Vassallo, Tony
Dr Abbas, Ali
|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)
Quiz: Weekly quizzes
Presentation/Seminar: Tutorials, Presentations, participation, assignments
Project: Project 1
Project: Project 2
Final Exam: Final exam
|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||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|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Final Exam|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|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.