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Environmental Technology for Sustainability (ENG300)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit investigates Appropriate and Environmental Technology and the tools that can be used to achieve their integration into human settlements for sustainable development. It will consider the relationships of technologies with sustainable livelihoods, ecological footprints and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The design and operating principles of various technologies to supply the essential services of water, energy, food, and shelter are studied as well as cross cutting issues of community engagement, behavioural change and resource recovery (waste management).
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Identify inter-related factors affecting global environmental issues, poverty in developing countries and Sustainable Livelihoods;
2. Define principles of appropriate technology and technology selection;
3. Explain the scientific principles underpinning a range of environmental technologies;
4. Understand the function of a number of environmental technologies for water, buildings, resource recovery, energy and food production;
5. Integrate a selection of environmental technologies at household and village scale in order to contribute to the design and development of a sustainable community.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; Workshop: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit consists of lectures, workshops, site visits and laboratory sessions. Lectures will be covering topics including Water Supply, Wastewater Recycling, Solid Waste Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Energy Efficient Buildings, Solar Energy, Wind Energy and Biomass for Fuel. Students will learn principles of operation, physics and unit processes in each technology. In workshop sessions students will complete exercises to understand the concepts behind the aims of the units. In order to assess a small subset of the learning outcomes, each workshop exercise will require the solution to some small problems. There will be two site visits, one to a sustainable house to show the integration of small-scale systems into the urban environment (as well as to monitor thermal performance) and the second to a municipal waste management facility to show the integration of large-scale systems. The two laboratory sessions will demonstrate devices for thermal performance monitoring in buildings and the optimisation and monitoring of small-scale thermal composting.
There is a group project that students work on over the period of the semester. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate a larger subset of the learning outcomes and to ensure that students can integrate the knowledge that they have acquired.
All the materials and resources for students to complete the practical exercises, assignment and project will be available through LMS.
Other Learning Experiences Field trip (x2) and laboratory (x2) activities will occur during the timetabled workshop sessions.
Assessment Assignments (individual, 1,500 words) - 30%. Use of the materials covered, research and some self-directed study to produce three reports - 1 project plan, 1 lab report, online quiz. Feedback will be provided for the assignment through the LMS.
Project (group, 1,000 words per student) - 30%. Students, through self-directed study and teamwork, make use of most of the materials covered in the unit to develop a master plan for a sustainable urban development. Feedback will be provided for the project through the LMS and in workshops. A group project report and oral presentation will be required.
Closed Book Theory Examination (1,000 words) - 40%.
Prerequisites ENV102 Foundations of the Environment or BEN150 Design Concepts or as approved by Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Appears in these Minors Sustainability, Ecosystems and Community Development
Waste and Water Management
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Martin Anda
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6123
e: M.Anda@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Martin Anda
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6123
e: M.Anda@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.017 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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