ENEG20003 - Sustainability Studio
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, you will engage with a complex, real world problem that crosses disciplinary boundaries. You will use a systems engineering approach to explore stakeholder needs and to write a set of requirements. In approaching the design task, you will need to balance technical, economic, social and environmental issues and constraints. At the heart of such problem solving is teamwork, communication, knowledge management and evaluation using sustainability principles.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

At least 48 uc of the Master of Engineering complete

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 100%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Show evidence of grappling with complex issues through stakeholder engagement
  2. Develop a set of stakeholder requirements
  3. Apply a systematic design process (systems engineering) to develop solutions to an issue
  4. Demonstrate self-awareness of thinking processes and values, including socio-ecological thinking and uncertainty
  5. Develop and pitch a change proposal
  6. Reflect on the contribution of this project to professional development

The learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Portfolio

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Knowledge      
2. Communication      
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills    
4. Research      
5. Self-management        
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility    
7. Leadership      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio    

Prescribed Textbooks

Sustainability Principles and Practice
Author/s: Margaret Robertson Year: 2014
Edition: First Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group)
City: Abingdon State: Oxon
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

eBook is available from the publisher (ISBN: 978-0-203-76874-7)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMd Nurun Nabi (m.nabi@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

General overview of the unit

What is sustainability?

Challenges and responses

Sustainability as a discipline

Is Earth warming?

How temperature records are compiled

Modern climate change and greenhouse gases

The human factor

Projecting into the future

1 and 6

Robertson Textbook

Students will think on different sustainability projects. Team will be formed and each team will contain 4/5 students. Team will understand the project problems, identify research question, prepare project plan, set aims, objectives and develop methodology.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Sustainability at work

Sustainability initiatives

Measurement and reporting

Air pollution

Soil and land pollution

Water pollution

Pollution remediation and prevention

5 and 9

Robertson Textbook

You will think about how to write a reflective paper (RP).

Your first reflective paper (RP1) will be on a topic of an issue of sustainability, one with which you are familiar. Recognise the problem and suggest a probable solution. In the RP1, provide a list of the stakeholders, their requirements and roles.

The RP1 links to the learning outcomes (LO)1 and LO2.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Uneven distribution of water

Depletion of nonrenewable aquifers

Threats to human and ecosystem health

Consumption

Effects of climate change

Water conservation

Wastewater treatment

Storm water

7

Robertson Textbook

Team project presentation.

Team will present their project proposals with clear objectives, scopes, methodology, expected outcomes and Gantt chart.

Date of presentation: First Workshop day of Week 3.

Each presentation is to be 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for questions and changeover. Presentation schedule will be provided.

Individual RP1:

Due: Friday (Week 3, 28 July 2017) by 11.45 PM (AEST).

Week 4 31-07-2017

Ecosystems and habitat-introduction

Populations and extinction

Drivers of ecosystem change

Conservation and restoration

Conservation

Restoration ecology

Living together-reconciliation ecology

8

Robertson Textbook

Team work on their project proposal based on the feedback of their presentation.

Each Team will submit a project proposal.

Due: Friday (Week 4, 4 Aug 2017) by 11.45 PM (AEST).

Week 5 07-08-2017

Why study living systems?

Energy and matter

The four spheres

The biosphere

What is life?

Gaia: earth systems science

Systems

3

Robertson Textbook

Think about writing a reflective paper (RP2) that includes a solution of a sustainable issue by applying systematic design processes utilising engineering tools and techniques. In the writing, include self-awareness of thinking processes and values pertaining to the socio-ecological thinking and uncertainty.

You will submit a RP2 that links to the LO3 and LO4.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Vacation week

Vacation week

Vacation week

Week 6 21-08-2017

Traditional fossil fuels

Alternative/sustainable/renewable energy: solar, solar photovoltaic panels, wave and tidal, hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas

Alternative energy for transportation

Energy efficiency

Measuring energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency performance

10

Robertson Textbook

Team continue to work on their project.

Individual RP2:

Due: Friday (Week 6, 25 Aug 2017) by 11.45 PM (AEST).

Week 7 28-08-2017

What is a green building?

The process of green building design

Building envelope

Lighting

Passive heating and cooling

Heating

Cooling

Ventilation

Construction

Sustainable sites

11

Robertson Textbook

Team work on their project issues and challenges. Try to find out more than one solution by designing, modelling etc and pick the best one. This part of your project work also links to the LO3.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Introduction to livable cities

Sprawl

Land use planning

Urban planning

Building community

Transportation

Cities and climate change

12

Robertson Textbook

Team work on their project draft reports

Week 9 11-09-2017

Design for the environment

Industrial ecology

Process design

Product alternatives

Product design

Shipping and packaging

ISO 14000 standards

Certification and labels

Eco-labels

14

Robertson Textbook

You will now think to write another reflective paper (RP3) that addresses a changed proposal for the solution of the issue of sustainability. In the RP3, you also need to mention how your project contributes to self and professional development.

The RP3 links to the LO5 and LO6.

Team project draft report submission.

Due: Friday (Week 9, 15 Sep 2017) by 11.45 PM (AEST).

Week 10 18-09-2017

Farming methods

Human health issues

Planetary health issues

Feeding ourselves

Finding space for food in the city

Food on public land

Healthy soil

13

Robertson Textbook

Individual RP3:

Due: Friday (Week 10, 22 Sep 2017) by 11.45 PM (AEST).

Team will wrap up their projects.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Waste management

Landfills

Incineration

Recycling

Construction and demolition waste

Industrial waste

Zero waste

15

Robertson Textbook

Team final project report submission.

Due: Friday (Week 11, 29 Sep 2017) by 11.45 PM (AEST).

Week 12 02-10-2017

Review class

Team final project presentation.

Team will finally present their projects with project topics, objectives, scopes, methodology, results, discussion and conclusion.

Final presentation Due: First Workshop day of Week 12.

Each presentation is to be 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for questions and changeover. Presentation schedule will be provided.

Portfolio Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017 Viva Voce: The date and time will be announced later
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

Assessment of this unit is based on submission of a portfolio that contains evidence of all (i.e. individual reflective paper, and team project work and presentation) works that the student has completed throughout the term. The portfolio should demonstrate how the learning outcomes have been met and to what level, and be presented in the form of a technical report that includes a table of contents section.

Compulsory items

The team project must be handed in and considered acceptable by the unit coordinator for the team members to be eligible to be graded at the end of the term. Project requirements completed satisfactorily and submitted after the due date may be accepted but the final grade may be affected. In addition to the project report, each team must do a presentation and each member must be present to answer the questions following the presentation. Omission of any of the following items from the portfolio may affect the Final Grade:

1. Individual grade nomination

2. Individual reflective papers

3. Self and peer assessment (SPA)

4. Work book

Individual Viva Voce

Following the submission of the Portfolio, each student may need to attend a viva voce where they will be expected to defend the claims made in their Portfolio against each learning outcome. An unsatisfactory performance in the viva voce may affect the Final Grade.

Individual grade nomination

The individual grade nomination is the grade the student considers should be awarded based on the Assessment Criteria. This must be clearly corroborated with supporting evidence. Students will need to demonstrate how they have met each of the learning outcomes for the unit by referring to evidence in their portfolio.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Online
Return Date to Students Within 2 weeks
Weighting 100%
Assessment Criteria

You must provide evidence of your achievement of each of the Learning Outcomes.

There is an Assessment Criteria sheet for this unit available on the unit website. The Assessment Criteria sheet gives guidance regarding the type of evidence required for each level of achievement. It is important that you review the Criteria sheet at the beginning of the term so you are familiar with the evidence you need to collect throughout the term. There are minimum requirements for the Portfolio and you must provide evidence of the minimum requirements in order to be eligible for a passing grade for this unit.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must demonstrate an acceptable achievement of each of the Learning Outcomes to be eligible for a passing grade in this unit
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Show evidence of grappling with complex issues through stakeholder engagement

2. Develop a set of stakeholder requirements

3. Apply a systematic design process (systems engineering) to develop solutions to an issue

4. Demonstrate self-awareness of thinking processes and values, including socio-ecological thinking and uncertainty

5. Develop and pitch a change proposal

6. Reflect on the contribution of this project to professional development

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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