6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
Sustainable engineering systems are optimised to use resources in a sustainable way - such that the demand of the systems does not deplete the supply of resources and in fact can contribute to that supply.
This unit involves a rethink in the way we engineer. At one level, it can involve water harvesting, co-generation of power or the use of alternative/renewable power sources but at a more fundamental level, it requires us to design smart, adaptive structures and devices.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- describe how engineering systems are integrated to provide sustainable outcomes
- identify, analyse and interpret stakeholder needs in terms of sustainable engineering systems
- evaluate alternates for optimising sustainable engineering systems in terms of performance and cost
- apply the techniques and considerations relevant to a systems engineer to sustainable systems including examples such as building maintenance, power supply and generation and remotely located infrastructure
- integrate, design, monitor and perform analysis methodologies to develop systems to meet specified sustainable requirements, including innovative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions
- engage in regular self-assessment and peer-assessment of individual and team performance as a primary means of tracking continuing professional development
Continuous assessment: 50%
Final Examination (2 hours): 50%
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.
5 hours contact (typically 2-3 hours of lecture and 2-3 hours tutorial/practice/lab) and 7 hours of private study per week.
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