Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering


Dr Poh Phaik Eong



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces the concept of sustainable development in engineering, involving environmental, economic and social considerations in the planning, development of a new product and implementation of a new or existing process.

This unit also ventures into systematic approaches to design sustainable processes and products by conducting life cycle assessment, risk assessments and cost analysis. These themes will be developed in lectures, problem based sessions and supported by an individual student project work related to selected industrial processes or products.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply ethical standards and sustainability principles in solving engineering problems
  2. Apply principles of sustainable development to develop sustainable designs of products or processes
  3. Analyze local legislations and schemes related to sustainable development and implementation of these schemes in sustainable design of products and processes
  4. Predict the environmental impacts involved in the life cycle of a product or process using life cycle assessment
  5. Conduct risk assessments and cost analysis to evaluate the sustainability of a process


Continuous assessment: 70%
Examination (3 hours): 30 %

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours of tutorials and 7 hours of private study per week.

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