Unit description

Introduces students to systems analysis, input output analysis, and life cycle assessment approaches to examine complex resource recovery solutions in local and global contexts. Students will gain a deep understanding of social and economic processes and pressures that challenge resource recovery. This unit is underpinned by the overriding philosophy of source reduction in the first instance.

Unit content

Global waste productions and resource recovery cycle

Source reduction

Social, political and economic cost of resource recovery

Making waste valued by society

Collecting and using meaningful data

Economic analysis for decision making

Social change and technology for enhancing resource recovery

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

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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