Course Title: Sustainability Project 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainability Project 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Ed Horan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253926

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.18

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, you should have undertaken Sustainability Project 1 or equivalent. 


Course Description

The set of Sustainability Body of Practice courses aims to articulate a range of different practices from different disciplines that can be used to move through the problem solving or managing cycle. During this course you will explore a particular area of sustainability negotiated with your supervisor and develop a project report on that issue.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops the following Program capabilities:
K1 Coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines
K2 Knowledge of research principles and methods
S1 Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence

S2 Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
S3 Cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
A1 With initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship and skills


Course Learning Outcomes

1 Have ability to develop proposals

2 Evaluate activities undertaken in the problem solving process for efficacy

3 Write a briefing paper

4 Develop a learning contract

5 Develop an implementation plan

6 Research a problem from different perspectives – economic, social, environmental

Overview of Learning Activities


The content for the course changes from time to time. Consequently learning activities will vary according to the content, method of delivery and the requirements of individual sustainability practitioners who facilitate various components of the course.


The learning activities in this course are embodied in workshops, their preparation and post workshop activities. These workshops are formed around the sustainability project work. In particular activities will include:precise activities are announced in class.

  • Participating in workshop sessions 
  • Forming groups 
  • Developing a learning contract 
  • Identifying problem for a project 
  • Reading about sustainability problem(s) and issues, from a range of perspectives – economic, social, environmental
  • Research the problem from different perspectives – economic, social, and environmental. 
  • Explore personal motivations in a journal and learning contract


Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials will be provided through myRMIT or in class. Lists of reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment


This course has no hurdle requirements.

The course assessment reflects the aim to encourage research on a topic of sustainability thus assessment is heavily weighted towards the production of a Research Report.

Assessment 1 Project Briefs

Students develop individual project briefs for report submission and progress report mid semester - 15%


Assessment 2 Research Report


CLO 1,2,3,4,5&6