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Unit Overview


This unit is the third in a vertically integrated series of design units forming the “Design Spine” of the Environmental Engineering Major. You will already have completed GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1 and GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering. You may also have completed GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2.

In this unit, you will work on well-constrained problems in a guided design process. The first step of any design process is to clearly understand the context and specifics of an issue, prior to stepping into the “solution space”. You will explore case studies of key challenges in environmental engineering, with a particular emphasis on analysis of environmental and politico-social data to understand both the broader context and the specific challenge.

The unit draws on the foundational knowledge and technical skills you have developed in years 1 and 2 and will prepare you for the Level 3 unit in the design spine sequence, “Designing as an Environmental Engineer”.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Environmental Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) identify the emerging challenges the environmental engineering profession addresses; (2) access and analyse environmental and politico-social data and utilise them appropriately in the design process; (3) evaluate potential solutions from social, economic, environmental, ethical and regulatory/policy perspectives; and (4) demonstrate awareness of their own learning and educational progress as engineers.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester test; (2) individual report 1; and (3) individual report 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Marco Ghisalberti
Unit rules
GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
and GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
and GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Contact hours
3 hours per week
This background will prepare students to conduct individual “guided design” experiences. These experiences will allow students to identify technically feasible design solutions, to critique solutions from social, economic, environmental, technical and legal perspectives, and generate recommended actions.

Students will be trained in techniques of technical writing and graphical communication and will exercise these skills in writing short “design reports” documenting their solution process and recommendations.

Throughout, students will maintain a reflective journal documenting their learning. They will be asked to summarise the main themes in this journal in an assessed written piece.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.