Course Title: STEM for Sustainable Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: STEM for Sustainable Development

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Mark Osborn

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1726

Course Coordinator Email:

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

Program Learning Outcomes.  

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) in multiple disciplines.  

The course contributes to the following PLOs:  

PLO-1    Understanding science  

PLO-1.2 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and relevance of science in society.  

PLO-1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge.  

PLO-2    Scientific knowledge   

PLO-2.2 You will have knowledge in at least one discipline other than your primary discipline and some understanding of interdisciplinary linkages.   

PLO-3    Inquiry and Problem Solving  

PLO-3.2 You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project.  

PLO-3.4 You will demonstrate well-developed problem-solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively.  

PLO-4    Communication  

PLO-4.1 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using effective oral, written and presentation skills.   

PLO-5    Personal and professional responsibility  

PLO-5.1 You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work.  

PLO-5.2 You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically.    

PLO-5.3 You will develop an ability to work collaboratively. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

By the end of the Course, students will be able to: 

CLO1. Describe, explain and communicate key concepts and processes in sustainability within the context of STEM and health. 

CLO2. Evaluate and critically analyse data as a consumer and/or producer of information in the context of sustainable development. 

CLO3. Create solutions to real-world sustainability challenges through interdisciplinary collaboration in STEM and health. 

CLO4. Analyse and apply the principles of diversity, inclusion and reconciliation within sustainability in STEM and health. 

CLO5. Recognise, reflect upon and explain the significance of sustainability in STEM, health, society and the environment.    

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: Fundamental Concepts in Sustainable Development Assessment  

Weighting 25%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4 


Assessment Task 2: Sustainable Development in STEM and Health Topics Assessment  

Weighting 25%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4 


Assessment Task 3 Studio Showcase Assessment 

Weighting: 25% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 4: Sustainability Reflection Assessment  

Weighting 25%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5