This unit introduces students to the role of civil engineers and the historical development of the profession, and relates this to the Code of Ethics - Engineers Australia; impact of engineering on the human and natural environment; energy consumption, resourcing and renewal, dealing with variability in climate; definitions and practice of sustainability; environmental assessment tools and life-cycle analyses. As graduates, students may expect to find themselves in a position which touches upon a wide variety of Engineering fields (including legal, institutional, and environmental considerations). In both small and large firms they could be acting as agents and managers of technology-driven change which has social and environmental impact. Engineering decision-making and problem-solving are made more complex by technical, economic, environmental, social and ethical constraints. The goals of this unit are to introduce students to major problems of environmental deterioration and engage students in active reflection on the role of civil engineers in addressing these issues; to develop the students skills at quantifying the impact of engineering decisions within the broader economic, environmental and socio-cultural contexts; to develop communication skills through participation in group discussions, oral presentations, video production and written report writing. Lectures, group discussions, case problems and projects are all used in teaching and learning in this unit of study. The learning objectives of this unit are that students will be able to: (a) identify and analyse ecological, social and ethical issues deriving from technology-driven change, and evaluating these in the benefit model of the project (dealing with issues of long-range air and water pollution, energy use and finite resources); (b) write environmental impact statements for engineering projects and identify and analyse the impacts of infrastructure projects on the social and natural environments; (c) use design and analysis tools such as a Life-Cycle Analysis to develop better engineering design solutions; (d) understand the influence of organisational, ethical and legal factors on engineering practice. The secondary objectives of the unit are to: (a) improve students team-work ability; (b) improve students communication skills, through verbal and written media; (c) improve students skills in research and use of library resources.
Lectures, Laboratories, Project work
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MATH1023 AND ENGG1801. Strong calculus knowledge from 1000 level MATH, as well as the ability to program in MATLAB. Basic understanding of structural mechanics (CIVL2201) is also an advantage.