Engineering Sustainability and Professional Practice

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Engineering Sustainability and Professional Practice

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This is an introductory unit for all engineering disciplines. It provides you with a wide appreciation of the engineering profession, its achievements and current and future challenges. It will introduce you to the concept of sustainability and how sustainability impacts current and future engineering ventures. It will also develop your professional skills that will be essential to your functioning as an effective professional engineer both individually and as part of a team.
    Learning Outcomes
    On success completion of this unit you will be able to:
    1. Communicate effectively for different audiences using a range of written and verbal techniques
    2. Apply foundational research capabilities to source relevant and reliable information
    3. Apply ethical, sustainability and cultural diversity principles to engineering design tasks
    4. Apply the engineering process and project management principles to professional tasks
    5. Operate responsibly in a team environment to plan and complete tasks
    • Teamwork and the role of the engineer in society
    • Managing engineering projects
    • Real world project brief
    • Research skills
    • Engineering design and engineering systems
    • Systems thinking, creativity and innovation
    • Use of appropriate technology
    • Engineering design for sustainability
    • Engineering design for adaptation - Facing up to climate change
    • Cultural diversity and equity principles and practice
    • Professional skills, ethical behaviour and academic integrity
    • Career planning and futures thinking
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Hours per week 3
    Lecture 1 hr
    Tutorial 2 hrs
    This unit utilises contemporary approaches to learning and teaching that places the learner at the centre of all inquiry. In this unit you will engage in team-based activities with the majority of class-based learning occurring within a collaborative learning environment. Each team will be supported with dedicated technology to enable and support their learning. You will be required to develop and design a real world engineering project. Activities in this unit will reinforce and complement activities undertaken in the Foundations of Engineering Design Unit. You will complete a scaffolded learning program underpinned by enabling skills to assist in the development of professional skills.

Course Disclaimer

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.