Gold CoastSession 1,2Session 1,2

Unit description

Challenges students to engage in engineering management for a wide range of social, environmental and economic aspects of a sustainable future. Decision-making strategies for shaping sustainability outcomes from infrastructure and engineering technology and new Innovations are explored. A case study enables students to apply strategies for a sustainable future across the engineering system life cycle, from concept to implementation and operation.

Unit content

  • Introduction:
    • What is wrong with our current lifestyles and business paradigms; and
    • Why embedding sustainability in engineering practice is essential;
  • A history of the evolution of sustainability thinking;
  • Why engineers must embrace the delivery of sustainability outcomes - visioning a safe future;
  • A cultural change in Engineering Philosophy - from compliance, through “green”, to “blue";
  • A critical analysis of the interdependence of earth systems with technical, economic, and social systems;
  • Tools and mechanisms for the analysis and delivery of Sustainability Outcomes; and
  • Case studies in the delivery of regenerative outcomes for nature and society.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Mulder, K, 2006, Sustainable development for engineers: A handbook and resource guide, Taylor and Francis, USA. ISBN: 978-1-874719-19-9.

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 day (3 weeks)
Literature review30%
Information about this assessment will be placed on the unit blackboard site.40%

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