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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces students to systems analysis, input output analysis, and life cycle assessment approaches to examine complex resource recovery solutions in local and global contexts. Students will gain a deep understanding of social and economic processes and pressures that challenge resource recovery. This unit is underpinned by the overriding philosophy of source reduction in the first instance.

Unit content

Global waste productions and resource recovery cycle

Source reduction

Social, political and economic cost of resource recovery

Making waste valued by society

Collecting and using meaningful data

Economic analysis for decision making

Social change and technology for enhancing resource recovery

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 Explore the social, political and economic constructs of waste reduction and resource recapture
2 Analyse complex problems associated with source management of waste while treating waste as a resource
3 Use creative thinking to develop innovative solutions to problems associated with resource recovery
4 Use economic analysis tools for decision making
5 Apply knowledge of this discipline to contribute to solving multidimensional problems
6 Understand the social complexity of global waste management and links to human wellbeing

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

  1. Explore the social, political and economic constructs of waste reduction and resource recapture
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  2. Analyse complex problems associated with source management of waste while treating waste as a resource
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  3. Use creative thinking to develop innovative solutions to problems associated with resource recovery
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  4. Use economic analysis tools for decision making
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  5. Apply knowledge of this discipline to contribute to solving multidimensional problems
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
  6. Understand the social complexity of global waste management and links to human wellbeing
    • GA6:
    • GA7: