MEC5884 - Sustainable engineering systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Dr Jing Fu

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)








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


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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.

Workload requirements

5 hours contact (typically 2 to 3 hours of lecture and 2 to 3 hours practicals/lab) and 7 hours of private study per week.

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