GC202 - Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Engineering

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Plan: GC202 - Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Engineering
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure

Approach to learning and assessment

A number of teaching and learning approaches are used within this program to develop your capabilities. The approaches used in each course will be appropriate to the core curriculum areas and capability dimensions which are designed to assist you in developing skills as an independent and lifelong learner. The program will achieve these learning and professional outcomes through the consistent and extensive use of updated courseware that has been designed with students’ needs as its central plank.

The educational philosophy of this course is based on the principles of adult learning applied to postgraduate coursework study. The major styles of teaching and learning you will experience throughout your program will include, but are not limited to the following:

Classroom teaching and/or online Canvas sessions: These sessions utilise a range of teaching and learning techniques including lectures, guest lectures by practitioners, class presentations, group discussion and student-led discussion. This style of learning is designed to maximise your understanding of the curriculum content and skills. It is designed to provide an environment where you can ask questions and seek feedback as well as contribute to class discussion with your peers. Classes may be offered in intensive mode over weekends or in week-long blocks. You are expected to be responsible for the completion of all out of class learning activities which may require extra reading of both library and online materials.

Laboratory: Most of the engineering focused courses require practical experience in a controlled and safe environment. RMIT has a tradition of practical and industry related learning. Laboratory classes are scheduled with smaller group size. During laboratory classes, you will be given instructions to operate equipment which will produce effects that can be verified by the theories taught in classroom teaching. Laboratory demonstrators will be present in the sessions to assist your learning process.

Problem-based learning: You may be in a small group or team or work individually to apply knowledge to solve problems and examine case studies. This technique is designed to simulate the experiences you will encounter working in industry as a professional.

Assignments and projects: These may be problem based and may be undertaken in teams or individually. Assignments and projects are also designed to provide a way to receive feedback on your skills development and be able to utilise this feedback to improve your skills and further develop your capabilities in the relevant area.

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and may include tests, essays, reports, oral presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects, practical assignments (for example design and build).

Inherent requirements   

The following information on inherent requirements outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional placement and on-campus learning activities. The non-academic abilities listed are provided for information only and are not entry requirements. 

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require. 

Please read the full list of the Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy) inherent requirements (https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/applying-to-rmit/local-student-applications/entry-requirements/inherent-requirements/engineering/master-of-engineering-sustainable-energy) which apply to the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Engineering.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can: 

  • understand more about the program 
  • determine if you may need support during your studies 
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you 

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies. To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service.

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in on-campus learning and professional experience settings. 

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Work integrated learning

This program does not include a Work Integrated Learning experience. This program builds a pathway to the RMIT Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy) which contains Work Integrated Learning courses in year two. 


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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following: All courses listed may not be available each semester.

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Year One of Program

Select and complete Four (4) of the following courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code


Energy Efficiency and Demand Management 12 MIET2125 City Campus
The Economic, Social and Environmental Context for Sustainable Energy 12 MIET2126 City Campus
Sustainable Thermal Systems 12 MIET2406 City Campus
Sustainable Energy Systems and Design 12 MIET2129 City Campus
Photovoltaic Systems 12 MIET2130 City Campus
Electrical Energy Storage Systems 12 MIET2131 City Campus
Renewable and Solar Fuels 12 MIET2372 City Campus
Wind and Hydro Power 12 MIET2373 City Campus

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