Course Title: Engineering Design for Sustainability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Design for Sustainability

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MIET2380

City Campus

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Stasinopoulos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4509

Course Coordinator Email: peter.stasinopoulos@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: City campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course aims to inspire sustainable thinking across the entire product lifecycle. Each decision a designer makes may be replicated hundreds or thousands of times, and may shape the realities of those who engage with their creations. Unfortunately, many designers are part of the sustainability problem. Through ignorance, cost-cutting, aesthetics, client priorities, or other reasons, products often waste energy and resources, and promote unsustainable lifestyles. It can be different with sustainable thinking.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.


 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the role of sustainability in the design process
  2. Describe principles of materials selection based on sustainable principles
  3. Apply a systematic approach to system redesign in terms of energy efficiency, water efficiency and transport efficiency
  4. Give examples of engineering innovation
  5. Explain principles of disposal and recycling
  6. Work more effectively in teams
  7. Write engineering reports and present to small groups


Overview of Learning Activities

The textbook, lectures and workshops will support the project-based learning approach in this course.


Overview of Learning Resources

Textbook and online learning resources.


Overview of Assessment

 

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

 

Assessment tasks

 

Early Assessment Task: Workshop
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2: Group project
Weighting 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7

Assessment 3: Individual project
Weighting 40% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-7