Course Title: Demonstrate awareness of environmental issues

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: CIVE5570

Course Title: Demonstrate awareness of environmental issues

School: 130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6066 - Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering (Structural Design)

Course Contact : Tony Skinner Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4444

Course Contact Email:tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:
Mr Tony Skinner
Tel. 9925 4444
Fax. 99254377
Email: tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to demonstrate knowledge of areas of environmental concern for the planet, Australia and the engineering industry


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX020 Demonstrate awareness of environmental issues

Element:

Demonstrate awareness of the main aspects of environmental legislation and regulations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The current legislative environmental controls and major regulations can be identified and explained.
1.2 A particular engineering enterprise’s responsibilities in relation to the legislation and regulations can be identified.

Element:

Demonstrate knowledge of the major components of the earth’s environment and how these components relate to each other.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The main components of the Earth’s environment can be identified.
2.2 The features that characterise the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere can be described.
2.3 The impact that the climate has in the overall scheme of the earth’s environment can be explained.

Element:

Demonstrate understanding of environmental concepts.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The terms “pollution”, “waste minimisation”, “recycling”, “renewable energy”, “closed loop production” and other key environmental concepts relevant to a particular field of engineering can be explained.

Element:

Identify key areas of environmental risk to the planet and Australia.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Key areas of environmental risk to the planet and Australia can be identified.
4.2 The range of responses to these risks can be identified.

Element:

Understand the concept of ecologically sustainable development.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The concept of ecologically sustainable development can be discussed.
5.2 The implications of ESD for the future can be analysed.

Element:

Understand the impact that engineering may have on the natural environment.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Forms of engineering works that have an effect on the earth’s environment can be listed and described.
6.2 A list of benefits for each of these engineering works in regard to its contribution to the human environment and modern society can be given.


Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate awareness of the main aspects of environmental legislation and regulations
Demonstrate knowledge of the major components of the earth’s environment and how these components relate to each other.

Demonstrate understanding of environmental concepts.

Identify key areas of environmental risk to the planet and Australia.
Understand the concept of ecologically sustainable development.

Understand the impact that engineering may have on the natural environment.


Details of Learning Activities

Teacher Directed
1. Teacher-led face to face lectures for each element in the designated areas of underpinning knowledge, and explaining
2. The concepts of world and local environmental issues using overheads, videos and notes.
3. Outline and describe the origin and main components of the Earth’s environment
4. Explain and discuss the key areas of environmental risk in Australia.
5. Explain, identify and discuss the impact that the climate and particularly large engineering works may have on the environment
6. Explain and demonstrate environmental concepts for example waste minimisation etc.
7. Outline and discuss the concept of ecologically sustainable development within the framework of environmental legislation

Student Based Learning
Group Based
1. Participate in individual or small group research into environmental disasters that have occurred due to large engineering works in a simulated work environment and provide a written technical report of findings.
2. Self Directed Research
3. Participate in the preparation of written technical reports based on a case study or workplace scenario.
4. Prepare a written environmental Impact Statement
5. Prepare written statements emphasising engineering enterprises responsibilities in regards to the environment in a simulated work environment


Teaching Schedule

These will be given in class.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

See Online in Learning Hub for details


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of
• 2 Comprehensive questionnaires covering elements 1, 2, 3 and 4
• Two major assignments covering Elements 5 and 6

The format of the questionnaires and assignments will include case studies and scenarios based on typical workplace activities to support problem based assessment of ability to accurately complete calculations to industry standards. The industry standards applied will reflect those rated in the curriculum document under the sub heading Critical aspects of assessment.


Assessment Tasks

These will be in the form of Questionnaires and Assignments.


Assessment Matrix

Element Covered Assessment TaskProportion of Final Assessment Submission
Dates.
1-5Questionnaires and minor assignments.40% of Final Marks.
1 June 07 
6.1&6.2 Two major Assignments 60% of Final
Marks.
15 June 07

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