Green Engineering and Sustainability Principles


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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. 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.


  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.
  7. Case Studies.

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

Quiz: Quiz 1-5

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: A1 - Case Study

Formal Examination: E1 Formal Exam

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term