Course Title: Sustainable Systems Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Systems Design

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Peter Stasinopoulos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4509

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aims to introduce the implications of materials and processes used in engineering design by addressing lifecycle assessment, including eco-footprint analysis, embedded energy and environmental impact assessment of various design products. The course includes examples of environmentally friendly solutions.       

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:
1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
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.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Apply decision making frameworks for sustainability
2. Model and determine the life cycle environmental impacts of a product system or service
3. Define the goal and scope and system boundary for an LCA project
4. Gather and develop data suitable for use in LCA
5. Apply environmental impact categories used in an LCA
6. Interpret results obtained from all stages of an LCA
7. Identify how LCA can be applied in different industry sectors

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 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7

Assessment Task 2: Group project
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7

Assessment 3: Individual project
Weighting 30% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-7