Course Title: Sustainable Engineering Practice and Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Engineering Practice and Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face



City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Peter Stasinopoulos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4509

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will apply concepts of whole-of-life engineering design and learn to integrate the elements of sustainable engineering practice. You will examine the impact of materials and processes used in engineering applications by performing life cycle assessment on some typical engineering systems. You will also develop skills and tools to assess the relationship between engineering design and the ‘triple bottom line’. Such assessments will include eco-footprint analysis, embedded energy, cost of ownership and impact on environment, society and economy.       

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes:
1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders
• Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2. Problem Solving and Design
• Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team

4. Professional Practice
• Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
• Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
• Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)


Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Selectively apply the fundamentals of sustainable engineering practice and design.
2. Selectively apply the fundamentals of life cycle sustainability assessments to engineering systems.

3. Develop and defend a strategy for sustainable engineering practice that accounts for ‘triple bottom line’ considerations.


Overview of Learning Activities

The course activities can include lectures, tutorials and workshop discussions, presentations, and online activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, and references.

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 item:  Group assessment 1
Weighting of final grade: 30%  
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Assessment item:  Group assessment 2
Weighting of final grade: 40%  
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Assessment item:  Individual assessment
Weighting of final grade:  30%  
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3