Green Engineering and Sustainability Principles

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Green Engineering and Sustainability Principles

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students would be expected to have a previous background in either science or engineering in order to be able to understand the basic principles of manufacturing of products, energy consumption, and emissions to the environment.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Introduces the concepts of sustainability and cleaner production as applied in an industrial context. Basic principles of ""Green Engineering"" are also considered. The concept of ""systems thinking"" is also explored, particularly in the role of the engineer or scientist in developing suitable technologies. Environmental impact analysis is quantified through the use of life cycle analysis, and the methodology is placed in context with the broader issues of sustainability and cleaner production. Also discussed, are the philosophical issues related to sustainability and societal influences.
    1. Develop a thorough understanding of the concepts of sustainability and cleaner production, and the challenges that engineers face in applying these concepts in an industrial and societal context.
    2. Understand the meaning of systems thinking.
    3. Introduce the concept of cleaner production and how to apply it to real life applications.
    4. Introduce basic principles of green engineering applied to product design and manufacturing processes.
    5. Introduce the concept of life cycle analysis (LCA), and the basic principles underlying the methodology. Provide an understanding of the benefits and limitations of LCA. Develop a medium level capability in applying LCA principles, as demonstrated by the solution of a typical engineering problem.
    6. Apply the gained capabilities in green engineering, systems thinking and LCA to practical industrial and community problems through a range of case studies and showcase examples.
    7. Be able to present clear arguments to support the findings of analysis undertaken as part of case studies.
    State of the World (Consumption, impact and response).
    Role of the Engineer and Scientist (Concepts of Systems Thinking).
    Cleaner Production (Principles and Methodology).
    Green Engineering (Principles and Methodology).
    Life Cycle Analysis (Concepts and Application).
    Impact Assessment Methodologies.
    Case Studies.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.