The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course introduces you to 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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE2931. Students who have successfully completed CHEE2931 are not eligible to enrol in CHEE2935.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate 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. Show familiarity with the concept of cleaner production and how to apply it to real life applications

3. Exhibit an understanding of basic principles of green engineering applied to product design and manufacturing processes

4. Quantify environment flows using appropriate mass and energy analysis

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

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

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

8. Present clear arguments to support the findings of analysis undertaken as part of an open-ended Case Study


Topics to be covered in this course include:

• State of the world, role of engineers and green engineering principles.

• Life Cycle Analysis (Concepts and Application).

• Analysis of fossil fuel and renewable energy technology impacts.

• Pinch technology and Heat Exchanger Network (HEN) analysis.

• Case Study.


This course replaces CHEE2931. If you have successfully completed CHEE2931 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MATH1110 Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1 and MATH1120 Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 2 or equivalent

CHEM1010 Introductory Chemistry I and CHEM1020 Introductory Chemistry II

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz #1 - #6

Written Assignment: Case Study

Formal Examination: Final Examination

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