Course Title: STEM for Sustainable Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: STEM for Sustainable Development

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


171H School of Science


Viet2 2023

Course Coordinator: Samantha Grover and Kim Dowling

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email: and

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides students with an introduction, understanding and appreciation of sustainability as applied in contemporary Health and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) (including holistic, integrative and interdisciplinary consideration of the sustainable development goals, priorities and future sustainability trends in relation to STEM and health.  

The course will explore the nexus between topics such as environmental sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, health, food and nutrition and energy and transport and the application of sustainable sciences and technologies such as low carbon technologies, circular and digital economies and advanced manufacturing. Sharing and communication of diverse viewpoints and expertise from across the STEM and health disciplines will be facilitated to enable collaborative action to address real world sustainability problems. This course will also explore how diversity, inclusion, reconciliation and equity act as driving forces within sustainability and promote and enable diverse voices to be heard and activated to co-create sustainable futures for society and the environment. Ultimately, the course will encourage and enable you to bring a sustainability focus, approach and agency into your future studies and resulting careers. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

A basic understanding of sustainability as applied in contemporary health, science, technology, engineering, and math workplaces and future trends in applications from an inter-disciplinary perspective.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain key concepts, processes and frameworks within Sustainable Development.
  2. Discuss, illustrate and assess how sustainable development in STEM and/or Health can drive better outcomes for a sustainable future.
  3. Propose and communicate solutions to industry-based or real-world interdisciplinary sustainability challenges using key concepts, processes and frameworks for sustainable development in the context of STEM and/or health.
  4. Demonstrate consideration of the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and Reconciliation as pillars of sustainable development.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will utilise a suite of online learning resources and participate in an integrated suite of modules comprising immersive online learning experiences and activities to develop understanding and experience of sustainable development within the context of STEM and health. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Online learning resources will be provided via the Canvas learning management system and associated tools, in conjunction with online delivery of experiential and team-based learning activities. 

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 


Assessment 1: Online Quiz 

Weighting 15%  

This assessment task supports CLO 1 


Assessment Task 2: Written Assessment  

Weighting 35%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4 


Assessment Task 3 Studio Showcase and Reflection Assessment 

Weighting: 50% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4