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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Challenges students to engage in engineering management for a wide range of social, environmental and economic aspects of a sustainable future. Decision-making strategies for shaping sustainability outcomes from infrastructure and engineering technology and new Innovations are explored. A case study enables students to apply strategies for a sustainable future across the engineering system life cycle, from concept to implementation and operation.

Unit content

  • Introduction:
    • What is wrong with our current lifestyles and business paradigms; and
    • Why embedding sustainability in engineering practice is essential;
  • A history of the evolution of sustainability thinking;
  • Why engineers must embrace the delivery of sustainability outcomes - visioning a safe future;
  • A cultural change in Engineering Philosophy - from compliance, through “green”, to “blue";
  • A critical analysis of the interdependence of earth systems with technical, economic, and social systems;
  • Tools and mechanisms for the analysis and delivery of Sustainability Outcomes; and
  • Case studies in the delivery of regenerative outcomes for nature and society.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically evaluate social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability when planning engineering projects
2 apply engineering management and decision-making processes for managing sustainability outcomes from infrastructure and engineering technology
3 identify, evaluate and recommend emerging technology for improving sustainability outcomes of engineering systems
4 formulate and integrate sustainability practices into engineering projects of today and the future
5 apply analytical/software tools to support the management of sustainability outcomes from infrastructure and engineering technology.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically evaluate social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability when planning engineering projects
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
  2. apply engineering management and decision-making processes for managing sustainability outcomes from infrastructure and engineering technology
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  3. identify, evaluate and recommend emerging technology for improving sustainability outcomes of engineering systems
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. formulate and integrate sustainability practices into engineering projects of today and the future
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  5. apply analytical/software tools to support the management of sustainability outcomes from infrastructure and engineering technology.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • This is an online publication : Williams, Bob, van't Hof, Sjon, 2016, Wicked solutions: a systems approach to complex problems, 2nd edn, Bob Williams, Wellington, New Zealand. ISBN: 9780473287351.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.