Green Engineering and Sustainability Principles

Course code CHEE2931Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. 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.
Content1. State of the World (Consumption, impact and response).
2. Role of the Engineer and Scientist (Concepts of Systems Thinking).
3. Cleaner Production (Principles and Methodology).
4. Green Engineering (Principles and Methodology).
5. Life Cycle Analysis (Concepts and Application).
6. Impact Assessment Methodologies.
7. Case Studies.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents 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.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Assessment in this course will consist of a formal examination, case study, group work and seminar.

Refer to course outline for information
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CHEE2931