Environmental Issues and Sustainability in Engineering

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Issues and Sustainability in Engineering

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH1051 + MATH1052

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    2
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Engineers, professionally and as members of society, encounter environmental issues either directly or by way of regulations and workplace practices. They are also at the forefront of designing and implementing many of the changes needed to manage impacts and lead to sustainable development. This course is an introduction to the more significant environmental issues and associated sustainability challenges with a focus on implications for engineers in practice. Topics include: population & urbanisation issues, climate change; waste management, biodiversity; air, water & noise pollution and principles of sustainable and water sensitive urban design. Through these topics students are introduced to the monitoring & assessment of environmental data; and project-based investigation of issues is used to encourage deeper exploration of several topics.
     

    Course Introduction
    Engineers, professionally and as members of society, encounter environmental issues either directly or by way of regulations and workplace practices. Engineers are also at the forefront of designing and implementing many of the changes needed to manage/reduce the human impact on the environment and lead to sustainable development. This course is an introduction to the more significant environmental issues and their management that are commonly encountered and how sustainable engineering practice can help alleviate these problems.

    The topics covered herein include:  

    Sustainability; what is it really?;
    Ethics in Engineering;
    Urbanization and Population growth;
    Climate Change;
    Air quality;
    Biodiversity loss;
    Waste generation and management;
    Global Water Issues;
    Environmental monitoring.

     
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Explain the key drivers and processes that cause contemporary environmental issues.
    2. Explain modern concepts of sustainability and the potential contributions that engineers can make to shift human societies towards or away from a more sustainable way of operating.
    3. Source, process, evaluate and effectively communicate various environmental monitoring data.
    4. Assess environmental monitoring data against relevant standards and guidelines to evaluate the state of a given environmental system.
    5. Apply simple calculations to examine different options for minimising the environmental impact of various engineering scenarios.
    6. Identify the ethical issues associated with a range of different situations in professional engineering practice and discuss potential solutions to address these ethical issues
     
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

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