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CIVL5320: Engineering for Sustainable Development

The aim of this unit of study is to provide students with an introduction to the knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement sustainable humanitarian engineering projects. The context for the delivery of humanitarian engineering projects are set in developing countries, disaster relief situations, indigenous communities and our societies at large. Sustainability it critical to the long term impact of any engineering project. Students will learn about how engineering fits within a range of sustainability frameworks. Systems thinking, inter-disciplinary approaches, partnerships and government policy are some of the topics that will be covered. This unit of study is the 4th year elective for Humanitarian Engineering major and is open to all undergraduate engineers who have completed the pre-requisites.

Code CIVL5320
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
CIVL3310 OR CIVL9310

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. employ appropriate teamwork skills across project phases to address development challenges
  • LO2. apply ethical and appropriate judgement in development practice while introspectively examining positionality
  • LO3. convey engineering analysis to multi-cultural audiences to inform effective technical solutions and policy recommendations
  • LO4. choose participative approaches and tools in project planning, implementation, and evaluation to inform more inclusive engineering designs
  • LO5. develop sustainable engineering solutions using incomplete or limited data from multiple sources to address complex social, economic, and environmental challenges facing developing communities
  • LO6. apply engineering tool-sets to needs assessment, project planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEAL) in developing community contexts
  • LO7. understand the history and legacy of engineering in development and humanitarian practice
  • LO8. converse in, and critically examine sustainable development theories, frameworks, and debates.