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Unit Overview

Description

This unit introduces students to environmental engineering design. Students design solutions to local problems that exemplify grand global challenges for environmental engineering. Examples of these problems include decarbonisation, making decisions at the land-energy-water-food nexus, and adaptation to climate change or sea level rise.

Students will confront these topics through multiple lenses. Lectures and guest speakers from industry, and site visits to relevant locations near campus, will introduce the class to the global context and relevance of the problems; the problems' technical and engineering aspects; the social, environmental and ethical dimensions; and the local relevance of the problem, including any relevant regulatory and policy frameworks.

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.

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

Students are able to (1) identify the emerging challenges the environmental engineering profession addresses; (2) generate multiple technically viable solutions to defined problems; (3) develop potential design solutions consistent with relevant legislation and standards for environment, health and safety (covering, for example, the EPBC Act 1999 , Environmental Protection Act (WA) 1986, Contaminated Sites Act (WA) 2003, the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act (WA) 2007, the Work, Health and Safety Act (WA) 2020 and ISO45001); (4) evaluate potential design solutions from social, economic, environmental, and ethical perspectives.; (5) communicate a design process and recommendations using written and graphical approaches; (6) demonstrate awareness of their own learning and educational progress as engineers; and (7) conduct themselves in a professional and constructive manner.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) reflective journal; and (3) professional conduct. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit rules
Prerequisites
GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
and GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Advisable prior study
GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops: 2 hours per week
Note
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.

Note: GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering will be a prerequisite from 2023 onward.
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