Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Civil Engineering
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)G Mudd


This unit aims to synthesize the various components of the Environmental Engineering degree, enabling development of a comprehensive approach to identifying, assessing and planning management approaches to the array of environmental risks associated with engineering. A critical aspect of this unit will be class discussions, where participation in broad ranging debate will be actively encouraged for all students. Communication skills are critical for environmental issues in engineering, as there are commonly differences of opinion with regards to environmental risks as well as their respective solutions. This unit seeks to unify environmental risk assessment in an engineering context.


Re-enforce the role of engineering in sustainable development; understanding of the role of environmental risk assessment in society; knowledge of relevant environmental legislation, policies, industry codes of practice and Australian or international standards; understanding of government, industry and community perspectives on the perceived and actual environmental risks of engineering projects; understanding of key concepts of fault and decision tree analyses; understanding of risk communication; knowledge of relevant occupational health and safety risks; knowledge of environmental toxicology and basis for incorporating into risk assessments; improved critical thinking and analysis skills; application of knowledge of formal risk assessment systems to engineering projects; ability to develop a HAZOP study for a particular project or process; improved major report writing skills; improved oral presentation and verbal communication skills; research skills to find relevant engineering, environmental and other information; improved skills in synthesizing broad-ranging environmental information


Class participation: 10%
Projects: 50%
Final Exam (3 hours): 40%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and 8 hours of private study per week


Must have passed 120 points