Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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. Quantify environment flows using appropriate mass and energy analysis

7. Assess different energy sources in their ability to deliver clean and reliable electricity and heating/cooling utilities.

8. Optimise industrial heat exchanger systems in order to reduce overall energy consumption.

9. Critically analyse environmental emissions and develop simple methodologies to reduce these emissions.


  1. 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.

Assumed knowledge

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.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: A1 - 4 Assignments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination