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Unit Overview


This unit serves to introduce the principles of ecological engineering, and apply the knowledge to case studies. A number of case studies from regional, urban and coastal, including natural and built environments, will be used to articulate the ecological engineering principles. The focus will be on the design principles, which will contribute to enhanced ecosystem services delivery in these environments with a particular emphasis on the urban environment and nature-based solutions. Additionally, this unit investigates the local, regional and global context of industries dependent on fundamental ecological processes, with an emphasis on articulating the role of engineers in delivering future sustainable outcomes for both the environment and cities. The content of this unit is mapped to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify and quantify ecological engineering principles and their application to engineering design; (2) quantify temporal and spatial scales of importance for ecosystem services in natural and build environments; (3) carry out ecological engineering design including appropriate performance assessment methods, including mapping outcomes and design criteria to SDGs; (4) explore nature-based solutions as a way of solving pressing local and global challenges; (5) compare and evaluate ecological/nature-based solutions and traditional engineering approaches; and (6) propose solutions to improve the uptake of ecological engineering solutions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assignments and (2) class project and collaborative learning. 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)
Professor Anas Ghadouani
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or enrolment in
the Master of Biotechnology
or Master of Ocean Leadership
or Master of Environmental Science

Jorgensen, S. E. Introduction to Systems Ecology: CRC Press c.2012 

Newman, E. I. Applied Ecology and Environmental Management, 2nd edn: Blackwell Science c.2000

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