ENGEN370-21A (HAM)

Engineering and the Environment

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering

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: mary.dalbeth@waikato.ac.nz
: natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Engineering and the Environment aims to equip students with a deeper understanding of the roles that engineering plays to assess and address environmental challenges. This paper covers four main topics and assessment tools: principles of design for environment, life cycle analysis, environmental impact assessment, and resilience and risk assessment.

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Paper Structure

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The paper takes students on a journey through analysing and evaluating the environmental sustainability of engineering practice and projects using four distinct lenses. As part of the challenge, students work in teams of, usually, four, which may have a project manager assigned to help coordinate efforts.

The course uses both online and face-to-face teaching delivery modes. Each week students need to watch the pre-recorded mini-lectures (available via panopto), attend the two lecture discussions (also recorded), and join a lab stream.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Describe and apply key principles of designing for the environment that inherently lead to sustainability (WA2)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Design for Environment Analysis (2)
    Short Quizzes (7)
  • Evaluate the sustainability of engineering work using material flow analysis and lifecycle assessment (WA7)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Life Cycle Assessment (3)
    Short Quizzes (7)
  • Conduct an environmental impact assessment of engineering work including reasoning informed by environmental law and regulation and traditional Māori principles (WA6 and WA7)
    environmental impact assessment
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Environmental Impact Assessment (4)
    Short Quizzes (7)
  • Analyse and evaluate the internal and external risks and resilience of engineering systems considering technical and social constraints (WA2 and WA6)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Risk and Resilience Analysis (5)
    Short Quizzes (7)
  • Work and communicate effectively as a member of a diverse team of engineers through teamwork and reports (WA9 and WA10)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Project Brief (1)
    Project Manager and Peer Assessment (6)
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Project Brief
12 Mar 2021
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Design for Environment Analysis
26 Mar 2021
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Life Cycle Assessment
30 Apr 2021
No set time
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Environmental Impact Assessment
28 May 2021
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Risk and Resilience Analysis
11 Jun 2021
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Project Manager and Peer Assessment
11 Jun 2021
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Short Quizzes
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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K. R. Reddy, C. Cameselle, J. A. Adams, 2019. Sustainable Engineering: Drivers, Metrics, Tools, and Applications. Wiley. (e-version available via Moodle)

H. Baumann, A. M. Tillman, 2004. The Hitch Hikers’s Guide to LCA: an orientation in life cycle assessment methodology and application. Studentlitteratur, Lund.

J. Fiksel, 2009. Design for Environment: A guide to sustainable product development. McGraw-Hill.

The course also has a reading list of useful resources. See Moodle.

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where class notices, assignments, and readings will be given.
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Workload

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Students are expect to spend at least 150 hours over the course (about 10 hours per week) in reviewing, learning and being assessed on the material.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisites: ENGEN270 or ENGG279 or ENMP282

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ENGEV342

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